Parshat Pekudei – פרשת פקודי

Parshat Pekudei – פרשת פקודי

Parshat Pekudei – פרשת פקודי March 9, 2019 – ב אדר שני תשעט Expensive Judaism Exodus 38 offers a precise accounting of the metals used in the construction of the Tabernacle. The numbers are staggering: over 29 talents of gold, over 100 talents of silver, and over 70 talents of brass. (A talent equaled three thousand shekels.) This

Parshat Vayakhel – פרשת ויקהל

Parshat Vayakhel – פרשת ויקהל

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayakhel – פרשת ויקהל March 2, 2019 – כה אדר ראשון תשעט The Mirrors The laver was an important cultic vessel. Officiating priests were obligated to wash their hands and feet from the laver’s sanctified waters before commencing their daily...

Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Ki Tisa – פרשת כי תשא February 23, 2019 – יח אדר ראשון תשעט The Golden Calf & the Exodus The episode of the Golden Calf was a spiritual low point for the ancient Israelites. Just forty days after the Theophany, while still

Parshat Tetzaveh – פרשת תצוה

Parshat Tetzaveh – פרשת תצוה

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Tetzaveh – פרשת תצוה February 16, 2019 – יא אדר ראשון תשעט This essay is sponsored by Joshua & Deena Davis in memory of Sylvia Griff Z”L; by Suzy Levin in memory of Joseph Levin (Yosef David ben Azriel v’Chanah) Z”L; and

Parshat Terumah – פרשת תרומה

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Terumah – פרשת תרומה February 9, 2019 – ד אדר א תשעט This essay is sponsored by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovskaya in memory of Shimon Yehuda & Rochel Vilenetz. Touching the Artifacts The Table (שלחן), made of acacia wood...

Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Yitro – פרשת יתרו January 26, 2019 – כ שבט תשעט This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in memory of Abraham Albert Hochman Z”L. Thou Shalt not Steal The eighth utterance of the Decalogue is “Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:12