THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Passover 5777   This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Jack Levine.   Are the Questions Different?   One of the highlights of the Passover Seder is the section in the Haggadah...

Studying Leviticus

Studying Leviticus

This essay is sponsored by Josh & Deena Davis in memory of Josh’s father, יצחק בן זאב ז”ל.   The third book of the Pentateuch, known popularly as Sefer Vayikra, includes timeless material such as the dietary laws, the holiness code of forbidden relations, ethical maxims, and the holiday calendar.  Yet the book is known

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...