Parshat Acharei Mot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30) Efrat, Israel –  “And you shall observe My decrees and My laws which a human being shall perform and he shall live by them; I am the Lord.” (Lev. 18:5). It is fascinating that our Bible commands us to perform the laws and statutes of the Lord, and then it adds “and he shall …

Parshat Metzora — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33) Efrat, Israel –  “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing, he shall be brought unto the priest” (Lev. 14:2) Do houses have souls? Do nations? In the opening of this week’s portion of Metzorah, the Torah introduces us to the law commanding a person to go to the …

Parshat Pekudei — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Pekudai (Exodus 38:21-40:38) Efrat, Israel – “And the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Sanctuary. And Moses was unable to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it…” (Ex. 40:34-35). What is the significance of the symbol of the cloud, and its twin symbol, …

Parshat Ki Tisa — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11–34:35) Efrat, Israel –  “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29) What is the significance of the dazzling radiance of Moses’ face and why …