Life Interrupting Prayer

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש January 4, 2020 – ז טבת תשפ Life Interrupting Prayer The reunion of father and son after a lengthy period apart will, inevitably, be an emotional moment for each. The commentators are, accordingly, baffled by the...

Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ

Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ December 28, 2019 – ל כסלו תשפ Leadership Change The sons of Jacob found themselves in an impossible situation. Having traveled to Egypt to buy food to sustain their families through the ongoing famine, they encountered...

Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב

Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב December 21, 2019 – כג כסלו תשפ Let her be burnt Twice widowed, Tamar patiently waited for the opportunity to enter into levirate marriage – her clear right as a matter of then-prevailing custom...

Too Much Charity?

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא December 7, 2019 – ט כסלו תשפ Too Much Charity? The Babylonian Talmud records an enactment of the rabbinic conclave at Usha (Galilee, mid-second century CE), which forbade a Jew from dispensing more than one fifth of...

Who Owns the Land?

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Chayei Sarah – פרשת חיי שרה November 23, 2019 – כה חשון תשפ This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner in memory of Isidor & Bertha Ader and Jacques & Mia Lerner. Who Owns the Land? Following Sarah’s death, Abraham

Parshat Vayera – פרשת וירא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayera – פרשת וירא November 16, 2019 – יח חשון תשפ This essay is sponsored by Janet & Gary Waller in memory of Esther bat Leib v’Hannah and Gittel bat Shachne v’Rachel. Seeing the Ram God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son...