Semikhah in History and Legend

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat V’zot Ha-berakhah – פרשת וזאת הברכה Simchat Torah 5781 This essay is sponsored by Janet & Gary Waller in memory of Estelle Alexander. Semikhah in History and Legend With death fast approaching, Moses laid his hands upon Joshua in...

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Sukkot 5781 This essay is sponsored by Sharon & Gideon Bari in loving memory of Rivka Tamar bat Gedalya Halevi Z”L. Sukkot on the Mediterranean Sea The Mishnah states that a sukkah constructed on the deck of a boat is valid (Mishnah Sukkah...

THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR

THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Yom Kippur 5781 Obsessing over the Heavenly Verdict On Yom Kippur, the Temple officials made frequent use of crimson wool strips. A bundle of combed wool shaped like a tongue was dyed carmine red. The dye was produced from the blood of an

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Rosh Hashanah 5781 This essay is dedicated in honor of Rabbi Josh Lookstein and the leadership of Westchester Day School for all their efforts to keep our children safe. Shofar for the Masses The Scriptural commandment to sound the shofar on...

Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא

Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא September 5, 2020 – טז אלול תשפ This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner in honor of the birth of their grandson, David Jonathan Hirsch. Do Not Go to Egypt In the Mishnaic era, some sages...

The Broken-Neck Heifer

The Broken-Neck Heifer

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים August 22, 2020 – ב אלול תשפ The Broken-Neck Heifer Bloodguilt is a recurring theme in Scripture: Israel is warned not to let the stain of innocent blood tarnish its moral character. Financial compensation is...