Parshat Behukotai – פרשת בחקתי

Parshat Behukotai – פרשת בחקתי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Behukotai – פרשת בחקתי June 1, 2019 – כז אייר תשעט Dwelling Securely in the Diaspora After setting forth the laws relating to the sabbatical year and the jubilee, Scripture issues a Divine promise: “You shall observe My laws and...

The Origins of Lag Ba’Omer

THOUGHTS ON LAG BA’OMER Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Lag Ba’Omer 5779 This essay is dedicated in memory of Herman Wouk, founder of the Great Neck Synagogue. The Origins of Lag Ba’Omer In my recent essay “The Origins of Sefirah Mourning Practices,” I intentionally avoided the subject of Lag Ba’Omer...

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Emor – פרשת אמר May 18, 2019 – יג אייר תשעט The Blasphemer Scripture records a violent and tragic incident that confounded the Israelites and marred their experience in the wilderness. “And the son of an Israelite woman, he being the son...

Parshat Kedoshim – פרשת קדשים

Parshat Kedoshim – פרשת קדשים

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Kedoshim – פרשת קדשים May 11, 2019 – ו אייר תשעט Loving the Neighbor on Death Row “Love thy neighbor as thyself (Leviticus 19:15)” ranks high among the greatest ethical dicta propounded in human history. Rabbi Akiba regarded it as the...

THOUGHTS ON SEFIRAH

THOUGHTS ON SEFIRAH

THOUGHTS ON SEFIRAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Acharei – פרשת אחרי May 4, 2019 – כט ניסן תשעט The Origins of Sefirah Mourning Practices For more than a millennium, Jews have observed various mourning practices during all or parts of Sefirah, the seven-week interval between Passover and...

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER

THOUGHTS ON PASSOVER Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Passover 5779 This essay is sponsored by Honey & Sol Neier and Claire & Sam Krumper in memory of Jack Levine. Reclining through History: How Outmoded Cultural Norms become Religion Someone attending a Passover Seder for the first time would...