THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV

THOUGHTS ON TISHA B’AV Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Tisha b’Av 5779 This essay is dedicated in memory of James Levi Z”L. Tisha b’Av in the Era of Emancipation The nationalistic aspect of Judaism is felt most intensely on the annual fast of Tisha b’Av. Established in the early second century CE to...

Parshat Pinchas – פרשת פינחס

Parshat Pinchas – פרשת פינחס

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Pinchas – פרשת פינחס July 27, 2019 – כד תמוז תשעט Discomfort with Phinehas’ Zealotry Phinehas lethally impaled the Simeonite chieftain Zimri and the Midianite princess Cozbi as those two engaged in illicit copulation. Phinehas’...

Parshat Balak – פרשת בלק

Parshat Balak – פרשת בלק

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Balak – פרשת בלק July 20, 2019 – יז תמוז תשעט This essay is sponsored by Janet & Gary Waller in memory of Meyer Pessin Z”L, and by Suzy Levin in memory of Yehonatan ben Yosef David v’Shira Z”L. Clinging to Idolatry

ADAPTING JUDAISM TO THE REALITY OF JEWISH LIFE

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shelach – פרשת שלח June 29, 2019 This essay is sponsored by Joanne Wiesner-Steiner in memory of her mother, Marion Wiesner (Miriam Reyzl bat Tzvi Hirsh Z”L). ADAPTING JUDAISM TO THE REALITY OF JEWISH LIFE The Torah requires that native...

Parshat Beha’alotekha – פרשת בהעלתך

Parshat Beha’alotekha – פרשת בהעלתך

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Beha’alotekha – פרשת בהעלתך June 22, 2019 – יט סיון תשעט Your Joyous Occasions Scripture issues instructions for the use of two silver trumpets for administrative, military, and cultic functions. The precise dates on which trumpets were...

Parshat Naso – פרשת נשא

Parshat Naso – פרשת נשא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Naso – פרשת נשא June 15, 2019 – יב סיון תשעט This essay is dedicated in honor of Warren Graham, with prayers for his good health. Bitter Sotah Waters Scripture sets forth a protocol for determining whether a suspected adulteress, or...