Parshat Kedoshim – פרשת קדשים

Parshat Kedoshim – פרשת קדשים

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Kedoshim – פרשת קדשים May 11, 2019 – ו אייר תשעט Loving the Neighbor on Death Row “Love thy neighbor as thyself (Leviticus 19:15)” ranks high among the greatest ethical dicta propounded in human history. Rabbi Akiba regarded it as the...

THOUGHTS ON SEFIRAH

THOUGHTS ON SEFIRAH

THOUGHTS ON SEFIRAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Acharei – פרשת אחרי May 4, 2019 – כט ניסן תשעט The Origins of Sefirah Mourning Practices For more than a millennium, Jews have observed various mourning practices during all or parts of Sefirah, the seven-week interval between Passover and...

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Passover 5779 This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Jack Levine. Reclining through History: How Outmoded Cultural Norms become Religion Someone attending a Passover Seder for the first time would...

Parshat Tazria – פרשת תזריע

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tazria – פרשת תזריע April 6, 2019 – א ניסן תשעט This essay is sponsored by Edite Vieira in memory of Maria Da Conceicao De Jesus Sebastiao. Consigning Tzara’at to History Most studies on tzara’at either a) examine the spiritual...

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני

Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני March 30, 2019 – כג אדר שני תשעט This essay is sponsored by Sisterhood in honor of the birth of Abigail Zoe Reuben, granddaughter of Honey & Sol Neier. Silence in the House of Mourning Rav Pappa asserted

Purim 5779

Purim 5779

THOUGHTS ON PURIM Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Purim 5779 This essay is sponsored by Sisterhood in honor of the birth of Oriyah Danielle Miller, granddaughter of Terry & Ted Miller, great-granddaughter of Lenore Levin. Mordecai’s Refusal to Bow Haman’s genocidal plot against the Jews was...