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

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...