Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו January 26, 2019 – כ שבט תשעט This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in memory of Abraham Albert Hochman Z”L. Thou Shalt not Steal The eighth utterance of the Decalogue is “Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:12

Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח

Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח January 19, 2019 – יג שבט תשעט Selecting the Fighters Shortly after crossing the Sea of Reeds, the Israelites were attacked by Amalekite marauders at Rephidim. Moses ordered Joshua to muster an army and vanquish the...

Parshat Bo – פרשת בא

Parshat Bo – פרשת בא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bo – פרשת בא January 12, 2019 – ו שבט תשעט This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Roslyn Levine Z”L; and by David Tantleff in memory of Estelle Tantleff Z”L. Phylacteries:

Parshat Va’era – פרשת וארא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’era – פרשת וארא January 5, 2019 – כח טבת תשעט Pharaoh at the River Most of the Moses-Pharaoh confrontations took place at an unspecified location (which was, presumably, the royal court). Before the plague of blood (the first of the...

Parshat Shemot – פרשת שמות

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shemot – פרשת שמות December 29, 2018 – כא טבת תשעט This essay is dedicated in memory of Avi Berkovitch Z”L. Believers the Sons of Believers At the burning bush, Moses was reluctant to accept God’s mission for him as Israel’s redeemer. He...

Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי

Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי December 22, 2018 – יד טבת תשעט Blessing the Children The ancient Israelites valued blessings conferred by fathers upon their children. A cursory reading of the Pentateuch, especially the Book of Genesis, shows how far...