Learning the Hebrew Language

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Eikev – פרשת עקב August 8, 2020 – יח אב תשפ This essay is sponsored by Moshe & Chavie Wilner in loving memory of Necha bat Rav Chaim Uri Ha-Levi Z”L. Learning the Hebrew Language Scripture sets forth the obligation to...

Isru Hag

Please join me for my Jewish History lecture series on Monday nights at 7PM. https://zoom.us/j/807751748?pwd=ODZHUnJCZCsrd3YzbnNhVE9ENEdqZz09 Meeting ID: 807 751 748 THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Pinchas – פרשת פנחס July 11, 2020 – יט תמוז תשפ This essay is...

Rabbinic anti-Messianism

Please join me for my Jewish History lecture series on Monday nights at 7PM. https://zoom.us/j/807751748?pwd=ODZHUnJCZCsrd3YzbnNhVE9ENEdqZz09 Meeting ID: 807 751 748 THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Hukat-Balak – פרשת חקת-בלק July 4, 2020 – יב תמוז תשפ This essay is...

The Priestly Blessing

The Priestly Blessing

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Naso – פרשת נשא June 6, 2020 – יד סיון תשפ This essay is dedicated in memory of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm. The Priestly Blessing Scripture commands the Kohanim to bless the congregation of Israel with the three-verse priestly...

THOUGHTS ON SHAVUOT

THOUGHTS ON SHAVUOT Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Shavuot 5780 This essay is dedicated in memory of Ellen Lebovits. Abandoning Israel The Book of Ruth begins with a departure by a Judahite family from its hometown of Bethlehem to the fields of Moab. Elimelech, Naomi, and their sons Mahlon and Chilion...

THOUGHTS ON YOM YERUSHALAYIM

THOUGHTS ON YOM YERUSHALAYIM Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Yom Yerushalayim 5780 Mount Zion The prophet Isaiah wrote one of the most depressing lines in Scripture: “Zion says, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me (Isaiah 49:14).’”  Zion is personified as a bereaved women crying over...