THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR

THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Yom Kippur 5779 This essay is sponsored by the Hoffman family in loving memory of Ruth Hoffman Z”L and in honor of Elana Hoffman’s upcoming 4th birthday. Two Days of Yom Kippur The Day of Atonement, known colloquially as Yom Kippur, is, as

Parshat Vayelech – פרשת וילך

Parshat Vayelech – פרשת וילך

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayelech – פרשת וילך September 15, 2018 – ו תשרי תשעט Jewish Suffering God told Moses that after his death the Israelites would stray from the covenant and worship foreign gods. The divinely- imposed punishment for religious rebellion...

Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא- Loving Reproof

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא September 1, 2018 – כא אלול תשעח Loving Reproof Parshat Ki Tavo, which features the dreaded Tokhecha (Deuteronomy 28:15-68), is read in the synagogue annually on one of the final Sabbaths of the year. Rabbi Simon...

Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא August 25, 2018 – יד אלול תשעח Cremation Jewish tradition mandates that human remains be buried in the earth. A growing percentage of contemporary Jews are, however, opting for cremation rather than subterranean...

Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים

Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים August 18, 2018 – ח אלול תשעח This essay is sponsored by Cynthia Ozick in memory of Bernard Hallote; and by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovskaya in memory of Leib Rubashevsky. Dreading the False Prophet For...

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...