Forbidden Fire

Forbidden Fire

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei – פרשת ויקהל-פקודי March 25, 2017 – כ”ז אדר תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Yosef Peysin in honor of Chana Peysin’s admission to New York Medical College.   Forbidden Fire   The latter half...

Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא March 18, 2017 – כ אדר תשע”ז   Fabricated Festivals   Exodus 34:18-23 sets forth the Israelite festival calendar.  The seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread takes place in the month of Abib.  The Feast...

THOUGHTS ON PURIM

THOUGHTS ON PURIM

THOUGHTS ON PURIM Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Purim 2017 – פורים תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Josh Adler in memory of his mother שרה בת מנחם ורבקה; and by Suzy Levin in memory of her father יוסף דוד בן עזריאל. Who were the Mityahadim? The Jews of the Persian Empire were elated

Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים

Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים February 25, 2017- כ”ט שבט תשע”ז   The Legitimacy of Health Care   Scripture mandates that an assailant pay for the “idleness and cure” of his victim (Exodus 21:19).  The injured party is...

Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו

Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו February 18, 2017 – כ”ב שבט תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Sol & Honey Neier in memory of Sam Neier.   Keeping Busy   In the past decade, the rapid pace of technological change has had...

Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח

Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח February 11, 2017 – ט”ו שבט תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in memory of his father, Abraham Albert Hochman.   Welcoming an Amalekite   After Israel’s victorious initial...