Abraham’s Converts

Abraham’s Converts

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Lech Lecha – פרשת לך לך October 31, 2020 – יג חשון תשפא Abraham’s Converts On Abraham’s journey from Haran to Canaan, he was accompanied by ambiguously-identified people. “Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the...

Overpopulation

Overpopulation

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Bereshit – פרשת בראשית October 17, 2020 – כט תשרי תשפא This essay is sponsored by Harold & Lisa Steinberg in memory of David Steinberg (דוד בן יוסף הלוי ז”ל). Overpopulation After creating the first male and female humans, God...

Semikhah in History and Legend

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat V’zot Ha-berakhah – פרשת וזאת הברכה Simchat Torah 5781 This essay is sponsored by Janet & Gary Waller in memory of Estelle Alexander. Semikhah in History and Legend With death fast approaching, Moses laid his hands upon Joshua in...

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT

THOUGHTS ON SUKKOT Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Sukkot 5781 This essay is sponsored by Sharon & Gideon Bari in loving memory of Rivka Tamar bat Gedalya Halevi Z”L. Sukkot on the Mediterranean Sea The Mishnah states that a sukkah constructed on the deck of a boat is valid (Mishnah Sukkah...

THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR

THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Yom Kippur 5781 Obsessing over the Heavenly Verdict On Yom Kippur, the Temple officials made frequent use of crimson wool strips. A bundle of combed wool shaped like a tongue was dyed carmine red. The dye was produced from the blood of an

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH

THOUGHTS ON ROSH HASHANAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Rosh Hashanah 5781 This essay is dedicated in honor of Rabbi Josh Lookstein and the leadership of Westchester Day School for all their efforts to keep our children safe. Shofar for the Masses The Scriptural commandment to sound the shofar on...