THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT

  Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Sukkot 5777   Lulav on Shabbat   Scripture sets forth the obligation to take four species on Sukkot.  “On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

The Missing Rosh Chodesh   Scripture mandates that the first day of every Hebrew month, Rosh Chodesh, be observed with an additional set of sacrifices.  This Korban Musaf includes two bulls, one ram, seven lambs (all burnt-offerings), and one goat as a sin-offering (Numbers 28:11-15).  The first day of the seventh month, known in...

Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא

Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא

Parshat Ki Tavo – פרשת כי תבוא September 24, 2016 – כ”א אלול תשע”ו   Torah for the World   Moses instructed the Israelites that immediately upon their crossing the Jordan River into the Land of Canaan they should build a stone altar and erect steles at Mount Ebal.  The stones were to be coated with plaster

Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים

Parshat Shoftim – פרשת שפטים

September 10, 2016 – ז אלול תשע”ו   Accepting Contemporary Leaders   Concerning the obligation for local courts to seek guidance in difficult cases from the supreme national judicial body, Scripture states, “And you shall come to the Levitical priests and to the judge who will be in those days, and you shall inquire...

Gentile Idolatry

Gentile Idolatry

Parshat Re’eh – פרשת ראה September 3, 2016 – ל אב תשע”ו This essay is sponsored by Tatyana & Eugeny Rubashevsky in memory of Leib Rubashevsky ז”ל. Gentile Idolatry Upon crossing the Jordan River and dispossessing the inhabitants of the Promised Land, the Israelites were bidden to destroy all vestiges of Canaanite...

Reconsidering the Ark

Reconsidering the Ark

Parshat Ekev – פרשת עקב August 27, 2016 – כ”ג אב תשע”ו   This essay is sponsored by Suzy Levin in memory of her mother, שירה בת אריה לייב ורחל ז”ל.   Reconsidering the Ark   In Moses’ valedictory address, he reminisced about the origins of the ark.  Before ascending Mount Horeb for the final time, Moses...