Incense and wealth

Incense and wealth

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tetzaveh – פרשת תצוה February 12, 2022 – יא אדר ראשון תשפב This essay is sponsored by Suzy Levin in memory of her father, Yosef David ben Azriel Z”L. Incense and wealth The burning of incense (ketoret) on the inner golden altar

Meat and Milk

Meat and Milk

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים January 29, 2022 – כז שבט תשפב This essay is sponsored by Jack Lebewohl in memory of Shlomo Zalman ben Yosef Z”L. Meat and milk   The Torah thrice commands: “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its

Men, Women, and Religious Worship

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bo – פרשת בא January 8, 2022 – ו שבט תשפב This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Gail Levine in loving memory of Claire Krumper and Roslyn Levine. Men, Women, and Religious Worship After Moses and Aaron threatened

Sacrilege begets violence

Sacrilege begets violence

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’era – פרשת וארא January 1, 2022 – כח טבת תשפב Sacrilege begets violence When, in his capacity as redeemer of Israel, Moses initially approached Pharaoh, he did not ask for the Israelites’ complete and permanent liberation. He began...

Judah’s Ignominious Descent

Judah’s Ignominious Descent

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב November 27, 2021 – כג כסלו תשפב Judah’s Ignominious Descent Genesis 38 tells the story of Judah and Tamar. The chapter begins with Judah’s departing the company of his brothers and developing close bonds of...

Coerced Conversion

Coerced Conversion

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח November 20, 2021 – טז כסלו תשפב This essay is sponsored by Joshua & Deena Davis in memory of Sarah Rebecca Davis שרה רבקה בת יעקב ז”ל. Coerced Conversion Genesis 36 records the genealogical table of...