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...

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...