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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Rabbi Riskin is the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side which he led for 20 years prior to making aliyah at which time he founded and became the chief rabbi of Efrat. He is a former dean of Manhattan Day School and founder and Chancellor of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of high schools, colleges, and graduate programs.

Chag Sameach from Efrat

June 30, 2006, by

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Of all the memorable historical occurrences in the Torah, none is more significant than the day of the revelation at Sinai, when Israel received the Torah from G d. Nevertheless, unlike the date of the exodus from Egypt (Passover, celebrated on the 15th day of Nissan) and the original date of […]

Rav Shlomo Riskin: The Dual Nature of Yom Kippur

June 29, 2006, by

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the great white fast of the Jewish Year. And since there are also additional prohibitions on that day – no sexual relations, no anointing the body with oils, no bathing and no wearing of leather shoes– one might assume that Yom Kippur is basically a day of awe […]

The High Priest’s Temple Service on Yom Kippur

June 29, 2006, by

“And the Kohanim and the people standing in the Courtyard – when they would hear the glorious, awesome Name, the Ineffable one, emanating from the Kohen Gadol’s mouth, in holiness and purity, they would kneel and prostrate themselves, give thanks and say, ‘Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.’” In the […]

The Special Prayers Recited on Yom Kippur

June 29, 2006, by

Kol Nidrei On the eve of Yom Kippur while there is still daylight, Jews congregate all across the globe wearing white. They don their tallitot (prayer shawls) and Kol Nidrei is chanted with a sense of emotional anticipation and a centuries-old feverishly moving melody. Dating back until at least the ninth century, Kol Nidrei, at […]