Conspicuous Wealth

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ December 19, 2020 – ד טבת תשפא This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in memory of Frances Roth Hochman Z”L. Conspicuous Wealth With famine intensifying in the Land of Canaan, Jacob heard that provisions were...

How Jews Know the Story of Hanukah

How Jews Know the Story of Hanukah

THOUGHTS ON HANUKAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Hanukah 5781 This essay is sponsored by Edite Vieira in memory of Maria Cristina Clara. How Jews Know the Story of Hanukah Jews gain familiarity with the historical and legendary narratives under-girding their holiday observances by reading Scripture...

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח December 5, 2020 – יט כסלו תשפא This essay is sponsored by Josh and Deena Davis in memory of Sarah Rebecca Davis שרה רבקה בת יעקב ז”ל. Contributing to Society After his encounter with Esau and his temporary...

Inquiring of God

Inquiring of God

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Toldot – פרשת תולדת November 21, 2020 – ה כסלו תשפא Inquiring of God For twenty years after their marriage, Isaac and Rebekah were unable to have children. It seemed that Rebekah was hopelessly barren. The couple prayed to God. The...

Did Bathsheba Deceive David?

Did Bathsheba Deceive David?

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Chayei Sarah – פרשת חיי שרה November 14, 2020 – כז חשון תשפא This essay is sponsored by Janet and Gary Waller in memory of Gittel bat Shachne v’Rachel Z”L. Did Bathsheba Deceive David? The Haftorah for Parshat Chayei Sarah, I Kings...

Lot’s Wife

Lot’s Wife

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayera – פרשת וירא November 7, 2020 – כ חשון תשפא Lot’s Wife In his wrath, God destroyed the wicked cities of the Dead Sea region. “The Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah sulfurous fire from the Lord out of heaven. He annihilated those...