Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin

Two Torah talks: For Israel and for the Diaspora

Torah from the city of Efrat in Gush Etzion., 4/19/2018, 11:23 PM

Beyond the spectacle

Torah from Efrat, in the Judean hills., 10/9/2017, 8:07 PM

Jonah and forgiveness

Torah from Efrat in the Judean Hills., 9/29/2017, 8:03 AM

Nitzavim-Vayelech: Can we change?

Torah from the rabbi and founder of the city of Efrat, in the Judean Hills., 9/15/2017, 10:33 AM

The Power of the Willow-Jew

G-d's view is often different than ours., 10/8/2009, 9:53 AM

A Period of Introspection

We can choose how best to spend the time we have., 9/18/2009, 1:03 PM

Ki Tetze: The Memory of Amalek

Obliterate the memory of Amalek by repentance., 8/28/2009, 4:09 PM

Shoftim: A Fearless Judge

The most important criteria for a judge., 8/19/2009, 11:10 PM

Ekev: A Land of Milk and Honey

What makes the Land of Israel so special?, 8/6/2009, 1:04 PM

Vetchanan: Lunya the Jew

The penetrating power of the Torah's words., 7/31/2009, 3:11 AM

Matot-Masei: Moshe's Zionism

Zionism has been a fundamental Jewish ideal. , 7/17/2009, 12:24 AM

Pinchas: Fanaticism

How Pinchas prevented a civil war., 7/10/2009, 11:00 AM

Behar: Proclaim Liberty

...throughout all the land - in every land., 5/15/2009, 12:15 PM

Acharei-Kedoshim: Holiness

Why the focus on sexuality?, 5/1/2009, 1:10 AM

Shemini: By Human Hands

Fire is the human response to G-d's light., 4/17/2009, 1:56 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: On Shabbat

What does it mean that G-d 'rested'?, 3/20/2009, 12:39 AM

Ki Tisa: Every Jew Counts

To always be with a majority of One., 3/13/2009, 12:31 AM

Terumah: Torah in Motion

The Oral Torah "moves" with history., 2/27/2009, 1:08 AM

Beshalach: The Book is Better

The Exodus fired our imagination for 4,000 years., 2/6/2009, 1:52 AM

Shemot: They Cried Out

True freedom is the freedom to express oneself., 1/15/2009, 7:17 PM

Vayigash: Reunification

"It is enough that my son is alive.", 12/31/2008, 11:50 AM

Vayishlach: Yaakov to Yisrael

What does the name Yisrael really mean?, 12/10/2008, 8:55 PM

Chayei Sarah: Ishmael Repents

We'll be able to dwell together in the Middle East, 11/21/2008, 1:03 AM

Vayera: Sarah Understood

The sacrifice of Isaac is as elusive as ever., 11/12/2008, 2:06 PM

The 'Noah Covenant' With Mankind

Not everyone has to be Jewish., 10/31/2008, 3:22 AM

Sukkot and the Wedding Feast

Alas, this is all just a glorious dream - for now., 10/15/2008, 1:59 PM

'On This Day, G-d Will Forgive'

Rejoicing on Yom Kippur over G-d's grace., 10/6/2008, 1:54 PM

Signs and Omens on Rosh Hashanah

Conjuring positive prayers for a good year., 9/25/2008, 10:23 AM

Ki Tetzei: Marriage as a Precept

The meaning of marriage for Judaism., 9/11/2008, 10:59 AM

Re'eh: Seeing the Light

The long climb to become a light unto the nations., 8/29/2008, 11:26 AM

Va'etchanan: The Chosen People

What is the meaning of the "election" of Israel?, 8/13/2008, 2:16 PM

Mas'ei: Zelophehad's Legacy

He merited five very special daughters., 8/1/2008, 12:55 AM

Matot: What Made Moses Unique

Was it a difference in kind or degree?, 7/25/2008, 12:28 AM

Balak: Abraham and Balaam

He could have been as great as Abraham, but..., 7/10/2008, 1:36 AM

Korach: How to Have a Dispute

You dare not read another view out of the story., 6/26/2008, 11:27 AM

Bamidbar: Torah Courage

A conservative, risk-free existence is not genuine, 5/30/2008, 2:51 AM

Behar: 'Proclaim Liberty'

What does it mean to be free?, 5/16/2008, 10:04 AM


The covenant of coercion; the covenant of choice., 5/11/2008, 10:53 AM

Kedoshim: No 'Signs' From God

We dare not second guess the Divine., 5/2/2008, 1:02 AM

Converting Hametz on Shabbat

This is one of those special years., 4/18/2008, 2:23 AM

<I>Shemini</I>: The Silence After the Fire

The most tragic moment of Aaron's life., 3/27/2008, 2:37 PM

<I>Vayak'hel</I>: A Biblical Puzzle

It's almost as if the Torah is testing our nerves., 2/29/2008, 1:49 AM

<i>Yitro</i>: Creative Criticism

We have much to learn from a Gentile sage., 1/25/2008, 12:29 AM

<i>Bo</I>: The Inevitability of Renewal

Basic philosophic truths about who we are., 1/10/2008, 3:49 PM

<i>Vaera</I>: Who is Moses?

The central characteristic of Moses is his love., 1/3/2008, 8:23 PM

<i>Shemot</I>: A Divine Personage

A concern for universal humanity within Moses., 12/28/2007, 2:39 AM

<i>Vayechi</i>: 'Like Ephraim and Menashe'

No silence is more piercing than between brothers., 12/21/2007, 12:17 AM

<i>Vayigash</I>: The Goshen Factor

The word "ghetto" evokes negative images., 12/13/2007, 11:49 PM

Judea and Hellas, Judah and Joseph

Are Zion and Yavan eternally at odds?, 12/7/2007, 2:39 PM

Chanukah and the State of Israel

A case could be made against Chanukah., 11/29/2007, 5:14 PM

<I>Vayishlach</I>: What's in a Name?

"Jacob's" personality flaw is fixed by "Israel"., 11/23/2007, 1:59 AM

<i>Toldot</I>: Raising Children Right

Are Isaac and Rebecca an ideal couple?, 11/8/2007, 5:07 PM

<i>Chayei Sarah</I>: Eternal Life

Even after her death, Sarah lives., 11/1/2007, 6:21 PM

<i>Vayera</I>: Sacrifices

After binding Isaac, Abraham's career is over., 10/26/2007, 3:15 AM

<I>Lech Lecha</I>: Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us

A moral message in Abraham's Egyptian sojourn., 10/19/2007, 3:45 AM

<I>Noach</I>: Bedlam, Confusion, Dispersion

The tragic social isolation of the Tower of Babel., 10/11/2007, 1:49 PM

Sukkot: A Paradox Resolved

For some, the very idea of religion is paradoxical, 9/26/2007, 2:10 AM