Dam Tohar: The Forgotten Leniency

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tazria-Metzora – פרשת תזריע מצורע April 25, 2020 – א אייר תשפ This essay is dedicated in memory of Ira Beer Z”L. Dam Tohar: The Forgotten Leniency Leviticus 12 sets forth a series of laws pertaining to women who have recently given...

Consoling the Bereaved

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shemini – פרשת שמיני April 18, 2020 – כד ניסן תשפ This essay is dedicated in memory of Professor William Helmreich Z”L. Consoling the Bereaved The inauguration of the Tabernacle was marred by the tragic and unexpected deaths of Nadab and...

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Passover 5780 Are the Questions Different? One of the highlights of the Passover Seder is the section in the Haggadah concerning the Four Sons. The liturgical recension is borrowed, with slight but important emendations, from similar texts in the...

The Book Written by God

The Book Written by God

May the Almighty bring healing to those in our community who are infected with COVID-19 and may the Sabbath bring peace and tranquility to the many of us struggling with the quarantine. Yashar Koach to the leadership of the New Rochelle Jewish community for their outstanding service during these difficult days. THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH...

Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים

Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים

Parshat Mishpatim – פרשת משפטים February 22, 2020 – כז שבט תשפ This essay is sponsored by Sisterhood in honor of the birth of Reuven Zalman Horowitz, son of Dr. Andrea & Josh Horowitz, grandson of David & Barbara Horowitz. Contradictory Verses The standard term of service for a Hebrew slave was six years.  A slave who loved his...

Parshat Bo – פרשת בא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bo – פרשת בא February 1, 2020 – ו שבט תשפ This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Roslyn Levine. The Unbroken Bone The original Paschal Lamb was slaughtered on the penultimate