Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Noach – פרשת נח October 9, 2021 – ג מרחשון תשפב This essay is sponsored by Moshe & Chavie Wilner in memory of Naftali ben Ha-Rav Aharon Yehuda Wilner Z”L. Haran’s early death The concluding verses of Genesis 11 record the names

Lamech and his Wives

Lamech and his Wives

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bereshit – פרשת בראשית October 2, 2021 – כו תשרי תשפב This essay is sponsored by Joanne Wiesner-Steiner in memory of her father, Abraham Wiesner אברהם בן נתן ז”ל. Lamech and his Wives Guilty of fratricide, Cain roamed the earth as a...

God in Heaven

God in Heaven

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא August 28, 2021 – כ אלול תשפא This essay is sponsored by Harold Epstein. God in Heaven   The Torah requires the Israelite farmer to make a tithe declaration after each three-year agricultural cycle. The yeoman...

Women in the Military

Women in the Military

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא August 21, 2021 – יג אלול תשפא This essay is sponsored by Alan Benjamin in honor of the Anshe Sholom daily minyan. Women in the Military The Torah bans cross-dressing. “A woman must not put on

The Royal Treasury

The Royal Treasury

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים August 14, 2021 – ו אלול תשפא This essay is sponsored by Robert Silver in memory of Yaakov ben Naftali Z”L. The Royal Treasury Scripture limits an Israelite king’s ability to raise funds for the royal coffers. “Nor...

Secular Slaughter

Secular Slaughter

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה August 7, 2021 – כט אב תשפא This essay is sponsored by Eli Fink in honor of Dr. Morton Coleman. Secular Slaughter   The Dual-Torah is a foundational concept in Rabbinic Judaism (Gittin 60b). The rabbis, as...