Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה

Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה August 11, 2018 – ל מנחם אב תשעח Holidays in the Holy City Deuteronomy 16 provides a partial list of Jewish holidays, including Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Conspicuously missing is any mention of either Rosh Hashanah...

Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן

Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן July 28, 2018 – טז אב תשעח This essay is sponsored by David & Michele Morse in memory of Daniel Morse Z”L. With All Your Heart Scripture mandates that each Israelite cultivate strong feelings of love for his...

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Tisha b’Av 5778 Kahala Kadisha d’Yerushalayim The fast of Tisha b’Av, known primarily as the annual commemoration of the destruction of the Holy Temple and the fall of the Jewish Commonwealth in 70 CE, also marks the fall of Bethar in 135 CE

Parshat Matot-Masei – פרשת מטות-מסעי

Parshat Matot-Masei – פרשת מטות-מסעי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Matot-Masei – פרשת מטות-מסעי July 14, 2018 – ב אב תשעח This essay is sponsored by Janet & Gary Waller in memory of Meyer Pessin (Yaakov Meyer ben Levi) and Bessie Slud (Pesha bat Shachna). Annulment of Vows Faithfulness to one’s...

Parshat Korach – פרשת קרח

Parshat Korach – פרשת קרח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Korach – פרשת קרח June 16, 2018 – ג סיון תשעח Samuel’s Sons In Samuel’s old age, he appointed his sons Joel and Abijah as judges over Israel. Their judicial seat was in Beer-Sheba, in the far southern reaches of the Land of

What is Involved in an Aliyah?

What is Involved in an Aliyah? As the curtain in front of the holy ark in the synagogue is opened, the liturgy for the public Torah reading begins with a verse taken from Parshat Beha’alotekha: “When the Ark was to set out, Moses would say: ‘Advance, O Lord! May Your enemies be scattered and Your foes