Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח

Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com   December 17, 2016 – י”ז כסלו תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner is memory of Bertha Ader Z”L.   Flattering the Wicked & Powerful   As Jacob returned to the Land of Canaan, he...

Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא

Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayetze – פרשת ויצא December 10, 2016 – י כסלו תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Josh Adler in loving memory of his father, Jack Adler חיים יעקב בן משה ומרים אטל.   Too Much Charity?   The Babylonian Talmud records...

The Disqualified Rabbi

The Disqualified Rabbi

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Toldot – פרשת תולדת December 3, 2016 – ג כסלו תשע”ז The concluding verse of the Haphtarah for Parshat Toldot offers a utopian description of the responsibilities and lofty status of the Aaronid priesthood.  “For the lips of a priest...

The Canaanites’ View of Abraham

The Canaanites’ View of Abraham

Parshat Chayei Sarah – פרשת חיי שרה November 26, 2016 – כ”ה חשון תשע”ז   This essay is sponsored by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovska in loving memory of Tatyana’s mother, Golda bat Shimon Yehudah Z”L.   The Canaanites’ View of Abraham   Readers of Scripture have a developed understanding of Abraham’s...

Walking the Promised Land

Walking the Promised Land

Parshat Lech Lecha – פרשת לך לך November 12, 2016 – י”א חשון תשע”ז   This essay is dedicated in memory of our dear friend and congregant Dr. Paul Packer.       Obeying Divine instructions, Abraham traveled to Canaan and arrived at Elon Moreh.  God promised Abraham: “I will assign this land to your heirs...

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

Parshat Noach – פרשת נח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom November 5, 2016 Learned Children Near the conclusion of the Sabbath morning liturgy, there is an Aggadic passage based upon a verse from the Haphtarah for Parshat Noach (Berakhot 64a). “Rabbi Elazar said in the name of Rabbi Hanina: The disciples of the sages