The Origins of the Minyan

The Origins of the Minyan

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Emor – פרשת אמר May 14, 2022 – יג אייר תשפב The Origins of the Minyan Jewish law mandates that a quorum be present for the public liturgy to be conducted fully and properly. The quorum, known colloquially and in the post-Talmudic halakhic...

The Model Seder in Tradition and History

The Model Seder in Tradition and History

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Passover 5782 This essay is dedicated in honor of AnnBeth Cohen. The Model Seder in Tradition and History In November 1936, during a lull in the Arab Revolt, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion testified before the Peel Commission about the...

Parshat Tazria – פרשת תזריע

Parshat Tazria – פרשת תזריע

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tazria – פרשת תזריע April 2, 2022 – ראש חדש ניסן תשפב This essay is sponsored by David Goldstein. Burdening the congregation This year, Rosh Chodesh Nisan falls on the Sabbath. To mark the occasion, three Torah scrolls will be taken from...

Removing the Ashes

Removing the Ashes

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tzav – פרשת צו March 19, 2022 – טז אדר שני תשפב This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner in memory of Rabbi Dr. Philip M. Weinberger Z”L. Removing the Ashes Sacrificial carcasses were burned daily atop the Holy Temple’s

THOUGHTS ON PURIM

THOUGHTS ON PURIM

THOUGHTS ON PURIM Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Purim 5782 This essay is sponsored by Esther Greenblatt. An Auspicious Month The Mishnah states that when the month of Av enters, we reduce our joy (Mishnah Ta’anit 4:6). The Talmud adds that when Adar enters, we increase our joy. Concluding that Av is...

Breaking the Tablets

Breaking the Tablets

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא February 19, 2022 – יח אדר ראשון תשפב This essay is sponsored by Moshe Silverman in memory of Shmuel ben Gedaliah Z”L. Breaking the Tablets Forty days after the theophany, Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the...