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...

Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן

Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן July 28, 2018 – טז אב תשעח This essay is sponsored by David & Michele Morse in memory of Daniel Morse Z”L. With All Your Heart Scripture mandates that each Israelite cultivate strong feelings of love for his...

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Tisha b’Av 5778 Kahala Kadisha d’Yerushalayim The fast of Tisha b’Av, known primarily as the annual commemoration of the destruction of the Holy Temple and the fall of the Jewish Commonwealth in 70 CE, also marks the fall of Bethar in 135 CE

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...