Take off your Shoes

Take off your Shoes

 THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shemot – פרשת שמות January 9, 2021 – כה טבת תשפא Take off your Shoes As Moses approached the Burning Bush, God warned him: “Do not come closer. Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy

Issachar and Zebulun

Issachar and Zebulun

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי January 2, 2021 – יח טבת תשפא This essay is dedicated in memory of Dr. Miklos Weinberger Z”L. Issachar and Zebulun Among Jacob’s sons from Leah, Issachar was the fifth and Zebulun the sixth (Genesis...

Jews and Military Service

Jews and Military Service

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש December 26, 2020 – יא טבת תשפא Jews and Military Service Upon his family’s arrival in Egypt, Joseph arranged a royal audience for his brothers (Genesis 47:2). Commenting on the words מקצה אחיו “a few of his...

Conspicuous Wealth

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ December 19, 2020 – ד טבת תשפא This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in memory of Frances Roth Hochman Z”L. Conspicuous Wealth With famine intensifying in the Land of Canaan, Jacob heard that provisions were...

How Jews Know the Story of Hanukah

How Jews Know the Story of Hanukah

THOUGHTS ON HANUKAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Hanukah 5781 This essay is sponsored by Edite Vieira in memory of Maria Cristina Clara. How Jews Know the Story of Hanukah Jews gain familiarity with the historical and legendary narratives under-girding their holiday observances by reading Scripture...

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח December 5, 2020 – יט כסלו תשפא This essay is sponsored by Josh and Deena Davis in memory of Sarah Rebecca Davis שרה רבקה בת יעקב ז”ל. Contributing to Society After his encounter with Esau and his temporary...