Too Much Charity?

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא December 7, 2019 – ט כסלו תשפ Too Much Charity? The Babylonian Talmud records an enactment of the rabbinic conclave at Usha (Galilee, mid-second century CE), which forbade a Jew from dispensing more than one fifth of...

Who Owns the Land?

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Chayei Sarah – פרשת חיי שרה November 23, 2019 – כה חשון תשפ This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner in memory of Isidor & Bertha Ader and Jacques & Mia Lerner. Who Owns the Land? Following Sarah’s death, Abraham

Parshat Vayera – פרשת וירא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayera – פרשת וירא November 16, 2019 – יח חשון תשפ This essay is sponsored by Janet & Gary Waller in memory of Esther bat Leib v’Hannah and Gittel bat Shachne v’Rachel. Seeing the Ram God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son...

Creationism without Racism

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bereshit – פרשת בראשית October 26, 2019 – כז תשרי תשפ This essay is sponsored by Joanne Wiesner-Steiner in loving memory of Abraham Wiesner אברהם בן נתן ז”ל. Creationism without Racism The Book of Genesis teaches that all humankind...

Parshat V’zot Ha-Berakhah – פרשת וזאת הברכה

Parshat V’zot Ha-Berakhah – פרשת וזאת הברכה October 22, 2019 – שמחת תורה תש”פ This essay is dedicated in honor of Hoffer Kaback. Daily Torah Study for non-Students In the Haftarah for Parshat V’zot Ha-Berakhah, God offers Joshua words of encouragement as the new Israelite leader assumes power following Moses’ death. “Let not this...