Parshat Toldot – פרשת תולדת

Parshat Toldot – פרשת תולדת

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Toldot – פרשת תולדת November 6, 2021 – ב כסלו תשפב This essay is dedicated in memory of Benjamin Karbowitz Z”L. Isaac’s Blindness In his old age, Isaac sought to confer blessings upon Esau. “And it happened when Isaac was old, that his...

Abraham the Prophet

Abraham the Prophet

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayera – פרשת וירא October 23, 2021 – יז מרחשון תשפב Abraham the Prophet Upon the arrival in Gerar of Abraham and Sarah, Sarah was forcibly taken into the harem of the local potentate, Abimelech. God appeared to Abimelech in a nocturnal...

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Noach – פרשת נח October 9, 2021 – ג מרחשון תשפב This essay is sponsored by Moshe & Chavie Wilner in memory of Naftali ben Ha-Rav Aharon Yehuda Wilner Z”L. Haran’s early death The concluding verses of Genesis 11 record the names

Lamech and his Wives

Lamech and his Wives

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bereshit – פרשת בראשית October 2, 2021 – כו תשרי תשפב This essay is sponsored by Joanne Wiesner-Steiner in memory of her father, Abraham Wiesner אברהם בן נתן ז”ל. Lamech and his Wives Guilty of fratricide, Cain roamed the earth as a...

God in Heaven

God in Heaven

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא August 28, 2021 – כ אלול תשפא This essay is sponsored by Harold Epstein. God in Heaven   The Torah requires the Israelite farmer to make a tithe declaration after each three-year agricultural cycle. The yeoman...

Women in the Military

Women in the Military

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tetze – פרשת כי תצא August 21, 2021 – יג אלול תשפא This essay is sponsored by Alan Benjamin in honor of the Anshe Sholom daily minyan. Women in the Military The Torah bans cross-dressing. “A woman must not put on