Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע-מצורע

Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע-מצורע

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע-מצורע April 21, 2018 – ו אייר תשעח Isolating the Niddah The Laws of Niddah are among the most complex and burdensome aspects of contemporary Jewish observance. In an earlier essay, “Dam Tohar: The Forgotten...

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני April 14, 2018 – כט ניסן תשעח Havdalah Scripture sets forth guidelines for determining the suitability for consumption of various animals, birds, insects, and fish. The chapter concludes “These are the instructions… for distinguishing between the unclean and the clean, between the living things that may be...

THOUGHTS ON SONG OF SONGS

THOUGHTS ON SONG OF SONGS

THOUGHTS ON SONG OF SONGS Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com April 4, 2018 – יט ניסן תשעח This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Jack Levine Z”L. Full of Mitzvoth Customarily, Song of Songs is chanted in the synagogue on the Intermediate

No Atonement for the Renegade

No Atonement for the Renegade

Parshat Vayikra – פרשת ויקרא March 17, 2018 – א ניסן תשעח No Atonement for the Renegade Leviticus begins by listing which categories of animals are suitable “when a man among you brings an offering to God (1:2).” The plain reading of the text is that any Israelite who desires to bring a sacrifice is permitted

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei – פרשת ויקהל-פקודי

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei – פרשת ויקהל-פקודי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei – פרשת ויקהל-פקודי March 10, 2018 – כג אדר תשעח Canonicals Exodus 39 describes the priestly vestments in great detail. While officiating at the Tabernacle, the descendants of Aaron wore white tunics. In rabbinic...

Parshat Ki Tissa – פרשת כי תשא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tissa – פרשת כי תשא March 3, 2018 – טז אדר תשעח This essay is sponsored by Josh & Deena Davis in memory of Bernard Davis (Dov ben Yitzchak Z”L); and by Gary & Janet Waller in memory of Maxwell Alexander.