The Origins of Aleinu

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Rosh Hashanah 5780 The Origins of Aleinu Aleinu is recited in the preamble to the Malkhuyyoth section of the Rosh Hashanah Musaf service. For many Jews, it is an emotional highlight of the High Holiday liturgy. The ark is opened, the cantor...

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 21, 2019 – כא אלול תשעט This essay is sponsored by Sisterhood in honor of the birth of Madoline Isabele Meltzer, granddaughter of Elihu Massel & Estelle Marshak. Concealing the Motivation for Halakhic...

Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא

Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא September 14, 2019 – יד אלול תשעט This essay is sponsored by Drs. Amy Fox Griffel & Martin Griffel in honor of Mel Fox’s 80th Bar Mitzvah anniversary. Their generous support of my upcoming book project is

Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים

Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים September 7, 2019 – ז אלול תשעט This essay is sponsored by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovskaya in memory of Leib Rubashevsky; and by Debra Seltzer in honor of Rabbi Hoffman with gratitude for his chesed...

Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה August 31, 2019 – ל אב תשעט This essay is dedicated with gratitude to Drs. Lillian & Gary Chubak. The Temple Outside of Jerusalem In Deuteronomy, Israel is ordered to conduct its sacrificial cult at one central...

 The Deathbed Shema-Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן August 17, 2019 – טז אב תשעט This essay is sponsored by Harold & Lisa Steinberg in memory of Raymond (ירחמיאל בן מנחם מנדל ז”ל) & Doris (דובריש דבורה בת משה ז”ל) Shatz, and David Steinberg...