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...

Disciplining Children

Disciplining Children

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Eikev – פרשת עקב July 31, 2021 – כב אב תשפא This essay is sponsored by Harriet & David Rudnick, Arnie & Ellen Bernstein, and Stanley & Vivian Bernstein in memory of Jules Bernstein Z”L; by Moshe & Chavie Wilner in memory...

Mezuzah for non-Jews

Mezuzah for non-Jews

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן July 24, 2021 – טו אב תשפא Mezuzah for non-Jews The commandment of mezuzah is fulfilled by affixing to one’s doorposts a piece of parchment on which the first two paragraphs of the Shema have been...