The Missing Ark

The Missing Ark

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Terumah – פרשת תרומה February 20, 2021 – ח אדר תשפא This essay is sponsored by Suzy Levin in memory of her father, Yosef David ben Azriel v’Chanah Z”L. The Missing Ark The search for the lost Ark of the Covenant has

The Divisive Half-Shekel

The Divisive Half-Shekel

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shekalim – פרשת שקלים February 13, 2021 – א אדר תשפא This essay is sponsored by Gary & Yehudit Waller in loving memory of הינדא בת מאיר. The Divisive Half-Shekel Scripture requires that adult Israelite males contribute a...

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Beshalach – פרשת בשלח January 30, 2021 – יז שבט תשפא This essay is dedicated by Richard Hochman in memory of Abraham Albert Hochman Z”L. Traveling on the Sabbath Judaism has long recognized legal limitations on the distance one may travel...

Secrets of the Hebrew Calendar

Secrets of the Hebrew Calendar

Secrets of the Hebrew Calendar Two weeks before the Exodus, God instructed Moses and Aaron regarding reform of the Israelite calendar: “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2). Thenceforward, months were to be known by their ordinal numbers. The spring month of...

Fearing the Lord’s Word

Fearing the Lord’s Word

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Va’era – פרשת וארא January 16, 2021 – ג שבט תשפא Fearing the Lord’s Word Speaking in God’s name, Moses warned Pharaoh that a heavy hailstorm, the likes of which Egypt had never seen, was about to hit the country. Moses further admonished...

Take off your Shoes

Take off your Shoes

 THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shemot – פרשת שמות January 9, 2021 – כה טבת תשפא Take off your Shoes As Moses approached the Burning Bush, God warned him: “Do not come closer. Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy