Character Assassination

Character Assassination

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Naso – פרשת נשא May 26, 2018 – יב סיון תשעח Character Assassination The only example in the Pentateuch of trial by ordeal is that of the suspected adulteress who is made to drink the bitter Sotah waters. The Sotah law is not

Abandoning Israel

Abandoning Israel

THOUGHTS ON SHAVUOT Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Shavuot 5778 This essay is dedicated in memory of Dr. Aaron Levin Z”L. The Book of Ruth begins with a departure by a Judahite family from its hometown of Bethlehem to the fields of Moab. Elimelech, Naomi, and their sons Mahlon and Chilion left the

Parshat Behar-Behukotai – פרשת בהר-בחקתי

Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Behar-Behukotai – פרשת בהר-בחקתי May 12, 2018 – כז אייר תשעח This essay is dedicated in memory of Arthur Markowitz Z”L. Confessing the Sins of Earlier Generations Leviticus 26, the Execration, is a stern warning about the horrible travails that will befall Israel...

Speaking Ill of One’s People

Speaking Ill of One’s People

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim – פרשת אחרי-קדושים April 28, 2018 – יג אייר תשעח This essay is dedicated in memory of Michael Strauss Z”L. Speaking Ill of One’s People The Scriptural admonishment לא תלך רכיל בעמך (Leviticus 19:16) has been variously...

Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע-מצורע

Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע-מצורע

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע-מצורע April 21, 2018 – ו אייר תשעח Isolating the Niddah The Laws of Niddah are among the most complex and burdensome aspects of contemporary Jewish observance. In an earlier essay, “Dam Tohar: The Forgotten...

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני April 14, 2018 – כט ניסן תשעח Havdalah Scripture sets forth guidelines for determining the suitability for consumption of various animals, birds, insects, and fish. The chapter concludes “These are the instructions… for distinguishing between the unclean and the clean, between the living things that may be...