The Disqualified Rabbi

The Disqualified Rabbi

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Toldot – פרשת תולדת December 3, 2016 – ג כסלו תשע”ז The concluding verse of the Haphtarah for Parshat Toldot offers a utopian description of the responsibilities and lofty status of the Aaronid priesthood.  “For the lips of a priest...

The Canaanites’ View of Abraham

The Canaanites’ View of Abraham

Parshat Chayei Sarah – פרשת חיי שרה November 26, 2016 – כ”ה חשון תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovska in loving memory of Tatyana’s mother, Golda bat Shimon Yehudah Z”L.   The Canaanites’ View of Abraham   Readers of Scripture have a developed understanding of Abraham’s...

Walking the Promised Land

Walking the Promised Land

Parshat Lech Lecha – פרשת לך לך November 12, 2016 – י”א חשון תשע”ז   This essay is dedicated in memory of our dear friend and congregant Dr. Paul Packer.       Obeying Divine instructions, Abraham traveled to Canaan and arrived at Elon Moreh.  God promised Abraham: “I will assign this land to your heirs...

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom November 5, 2016 Learned Children Near the conclusion of the Sabbath morning liturgy, there is an Aggadic passage based upon a verse from the Haphtarah for Parshat Noach (Berakhot 64a). “Rabbi Elazar said in the name of Rabbi Hanina: The disciples of the sages

Lamech and his Wives

Lamech and his Wives

Parshat Bereshit – פרשת בראשית October 29, 2016 – כ”ז תשרי תשע”ז This essay is sponsored by Joshua & Deena Davis in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Hadas Sara; and by Joanne Wiesner-Steiner in memory of her father, Abraham Wiesner אברהם בן נתן ז”ל. Lamech and his Wives Guilty of fratricide, Cain

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT

  Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Sukkot 5777   Lulav on Shabbat   Scripture sets forth the obligation to take four species on Sukkot.  “On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall