Removing the Ashes

Removing the Ashes

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tzav – פרשת צו March 19, 2022 – טז אדר שני תשפב This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner in memory of Rabbi Dr. Philip M. Weinberger Z”L. Removing the Ashes Sacrificial carcasses were burned daily atop the Holy Temple’s

THOUGHTS ON PURIM

THOUGHTS ON PURIM

THOUGHTS ON PURIM Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Purim 5782 This essay is sponsored by Esther Greenblatt. An Auspicious Month The Mishnah states that when the month of Av enters, we reduce our joy (Mishnah Ta’anit 4:6). The Talmud adds that when Adar enters, we increase our joy. Concluding that Av is...

Breaking the Tablets

Breaking the Tablets

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא February 19, 2022 – יח אדר ראשון תשפב This essay is sponsored by Moshe Silverman in memory of Shmuel ben Gedaliah Z”L. Breaking the Tablets Forty days after the theophany, Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the...

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