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

The Missing Ark

The Missing Ark

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Terumah – פרשת תרומה February 20, 2021 – ח אדר תשפא This essay is sponsored by Suzy Levin in memory of her father, Yosef David ben Azriel v’Chanah Z”L. The Missing Ark The search for the lost Ark of the Covenant has

The Divisive Half-Shekel

The Divisive Half-Shekel

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shekalim – פרשת שקלים February 13, 2021 – א אדר תשפא This essay is sponsored by Gary & Yehudit Waller in loving memory of הינדא בת מאיר. The Divisive Half-Shekel Scripture requires that adult Israelite males contribute a...

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח January 30, 2021 – יז שבט תשפא This essay is dedicated by Richard Hochman in memory of Abraham Albert Hochman Z”L. Traveling on the Sabbath Judaism has long recognized legal limitations on the distance one may travel...

Secrets of the Hebrew Calendar

Secrets of the Hebrew Calendar

Secrets of the Hebrew Calendar Two weeks before the Exodus, God instructed Moses and Aaron regarding reform of the Israelite calendar: “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2). Thenceforward, months were to be known by their ordinal numbers. The spring month of...