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...

Parshat Bo – פרשת בא- Refuting the Blood Libel

Parshat Bo – פרשת בא- Refuting the Blood Libel

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bo – פרשת בא February 4, 2017 – ח שבט תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Roslyn Levine; and by David Tantleff in memory of Estelle Tantleff.   Refuting the...

Pharaoh at the River

Pharaoh at the River

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’era – פרשת וארא January 28, 2017 – ראש חדש שבט תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Gary & Janet Waller in memory of Lillian Amcis Z”L.   Pharaoh at the River   Most of the Moses-Pharaoh confrontations took place...