Parshat Shemot – פרשת שמות

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Shemot – פרשת שמות December 29, 2018 – כא טבת תשעט This essay is dedicated in memory of Avi Berkovitch Z”L. Believers the Sons of Believers At the burning bush, Moses was reluctant to accept God’s mission for him as Israel’s redeemer. He...

Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי

Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayechi – פרשת ויחי December 22, 2018 – יד טבת תשעט Blessing the Children The ancient Israelites valued blessings conferred by fathers upon their children. A cursory reading of the Pentateuch, especially the Book of Genesis, shows how far...

Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש

Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayigash – פרשת ויגש December 15, 2018 – ז טבת תשעט This essay is sponsored by Sisterhood to honor the birth of Lada Liora, granddaughter of Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovskaya. Living a Long Life An awkward moment punctuated...

Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ

Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Miketz – פרשת מקץ December 8, 2018 – ל כסלו תשעט This essay is sponsored by Richard Hochman in memory of Frances Roth Hochman Z”L; by Edite Vieira in memory of Maria Cristina Z”L; and by Eugeny Rubashevsky & Tatyana Tchaikovskaya in...

Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayeshev – פרשת וישב December 1, 2018 – כג כסלו תשעט This essay is sponsored by Gary & Janet Waller in honor of the construction of their backyard Eruv. He was at Chezib Shua’s daughter bore Judah three children. Recounting the birth...

Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח

Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח

THOUGHTS ON THE PARASHAH Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom evanhoffman@gmail.com Parshat Vayishlach – פרשת וישלח November 24, 2018 – טז כסלו תשעט This essay is sponsored by Marlene & Armand Lerner in memory of Bertha Ader Z”L. The Sons of Jacob were Twelve Scripture records Reuben’s grievous sexual trespass: “And it came...