Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי December 30, 2017 – יב טבת תשעח   Praying for Deliverance   On his deathbed, Jacob offered a final testament in the form of poetic predictions concerning the destinies of the twelve tribes of Israel.  After...

Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש

Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש December 23, 2017 – ה טבת תשעח   This essay is dedicated by the Hoffman family in memory of Chaim Miller חיים יחיאל מיכל בן רפאל פייוועל שניאור ז”ל; by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovskaya in memory of...

THOUGHTS ON HANUKAH

THOUGHTS ON HANUKAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Hanukah 5778   This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in loving memory of his mother, Frances Roth Hochman.   Hanukah and the Assimilated Jew   In the American Jewish community, the lighting of Hanukah candles is one of the most...

Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב

Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב December 9, 2017 – כא כסלו תשעח   Tearing a Garment   Reuben returned to the pit where Joseph had been held captive and saw that the cistern was empty.  Reuben assumed – incorrectly – that Joseph was

Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח

Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח December 2, 2017– יד כסלו תשעח   This essay is sponsored by Josh & Deena Davis in memory of Sarah Rebecca Davis שרה רבקה בת יעקב.   He Arrived in Peace   Jacob’s return to the Land of

Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא November 25, 2017 – ז כסלו תשעח   Jacob’s Vow   God spoke to Jacob at Bethel, promising him that his offspring would be numerous and would inherit the land of Canaan.  Of more immediate concern to Jacob,