Profaning priestly emoluments

Profaning priestly emoluments

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Korach – פרשת קרח June 12, 2021 – ב תמוז תשפא This essay is dedicated in memory of Zoltan Lefkovits Z”L. Profaning priestly emoluments The final verse of Parshat Korach reads: “You will incur no guilt through it, once you have removed

The Killer Kohen

The Killer Kohen

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Naso – פרשת נשא May 22, 2021 – יא סיון תשפא The killer kohen The Babylonian Talmud cites a ruling in the name of Rabbi Yohanan that a kohen who has killed a person may not offer the priestly blessing in the

The Kohen and the Convert

The Kohen and the Convert

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Emor – פרשת אמר May 1, 2021 – יט אייר תשפא The kohen and the convert Scripture imposes restrictions upon whom a kohen may marry. “They shall not marry a woman defiled by harlotry (zonah), nor shall they marry one divorced from her

Indirect Responsibility

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim – פרשת אחרי-קדושים April 24, 2021 – יב אייר תשפא Indirect Responsibility The Bible elevated ancient Israel to a moral plane far above that of its barbaric and savage neighbors (heathen societies all). Rabbinic Judaism...

Meriting the Exodus

Meriting the Exodus

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei – פרשת ויקהל-פקודי March 13, 2021 – כט אדר תשפא This essay is sponsored by Josh & Deena Davis in memory of Bernard Davis (Dov ben Yitzchak Z”L); by Edite Vieira in memory of Maria da Conceicao de Jesus Sebastiao...

The Levite’s Role in Priestly Hand-Washing

The Levite’s Role in Priestly Hand-Washing

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא March 6, 2021 – כב אדר תשפא The Levite’s Role in Priestly Hand-Washing Scripture mandates the manufacture of a bronze laver to be placed in the Tabernacle courtyard between the outer altar and the Tent of