Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן August 5, 2017 – י”ג אב תשע”ז   This essay is dedicated in memory of Morty Weiser Z”L.   Jewish Prejudice against Gentiles?   The Israelites were given strict instructions about their...

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 22, 2017 – כ”ח תמוז תשע”ז   Dangerous Territory   Numbers 35 sets forth the law of the cities of refuge for inadvertent manslayers.  “Three cities shall be designated...

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 24, 2017 – ל סיון תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Barbara & Jeff Kelman in honor of Bea Cohen’s 98th birthday עמו”ש.   Politics or Religion   Korach’s rebellion was a...

Parshat Shelach – פרשת שלח

Parshat Shelach – פרשת שלח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shelach – פרשת שלח June 17, 2017 – כ”ג סיון תשע”ז This essay is sponsored by Joanne Wiesner-Steiner in memory of her mother, Marion Rosalie Wiesner מרים רייזל בת צבי הירש.   The Land Devours its Inhabitants   Ten of...

Parshat Beha’alotekha – פרשת בהעלתך

Parshat Beha’alotekha – פרשת בהעלתך

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Beha’alotekha – פרשת בהעלתך June 10, 2017 – ט”ז סיון תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Cynthia Ozick in loving memory of her husband, Bernard Hallote, who served as president of Congregation Anshe Sholom from 1991 to...

Parshat Behar-Behukotai – פרשת בהר-בחקתי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Behar-Behukotai – פרשת בהר-בחקתי May 20, 2017 – כ”ד אייר תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Drs. Amy Fox Griffel & Martin Griffel in memory of their mothers, Sally Fox and Marion Griffel.   The Phantom Jubilee...