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Elai Levinson’s Bar Mitzvah

Thumbnail_ElaiLevinson Shalom. My name is Elai David Levinson, and I will be called up to read from the Torah as a bar mitzvah this Shabbat, May 6. I am a 7th grader at Claire Lilienthal Alternative School. During my free time, I can be found drawing, writing, editing my movies, drumming with my band, Planet 17, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/elai-levinsons-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Nicholas Miller’s Bar Mitzvah

Thumbnail_NicolasMiller Hi, or שלום (Sholom)! My name is Nicholas (Nick) Miller and I’m a 7th grader at San Francisco Friends School. I am a second generation San Franciscan and a third generation member of Beth Sholom. My favorite things are playing sports or video games, spending time outdoors or with family and friends, and making art […] http://bethsholomsf.org/nicolas-millers-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Aliyah Baruch’s Bat Mitzvah

Thumbnail_AliyahBaruch My name is Aliyah Baruch. I attend Aptos Middle School and I am in the seventh grade. I like playing soccer, hanging out with my friends and family, taking care of animals, and traveling. On April 22, I will have my bat mitzvah. It is a big milestone in my life that I will be […] http://bethsholomsf.org/aliyah-baruchs-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Shemini You are what you eat, so they say. But more importantly, as Jews, we eat only in the context of creation. In this week’s reading, Shemini, aside from Aaron’s mysterious silence in the face of his sons’ immolation, we are drawn into the distinctions conveyed through our dietary laws. The laws of kashrut are commanded, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemini-leviticus-91-1147-2/ Continue Reading...

Tzav – Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tzav Leviticus is a challenging book to absorb. On one hand, many observant Jews the world over consider the Priestly tradition (as articulated throughout Leviticus) to be obsessed with time-conditioned commands that are far removed from our lived experience today. On the other hand, thanks to the biased scholarship of Julius Wellhausen, critical readers of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tzav-leviticus-61-836-2/ Continue Reading...

Eva Leavitt’s Bat Mitzvah

Thumbnail_EvaLeavitt Shalom. My name is Eva Sivan Leavitt and I’m a seventh grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. I am looking forward to my bat mitzvah, which will take place this Saturday, March 18. I’ve been part of the Beth Sholom community since preschool, and now I’m entering the adult community. My portion is […] http://bethsholomsf.org/eva-leavitts-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Tetzaveh — Exodus 27:20–30:10

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tetzaveh Kenneth Cole, celebrated fashion designer and former congregant of mine in New York, once remarked: “Look good, for good.“ To outfit spiritual change, all priests or kohanim wear: (1) a full- length linen tunic [ketonet]; (2) linen breeches [michnasayim]; (3) a linen headdress, or turban [mitznefet]; and (4) a long, waist sash [avnet]. To manifest […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tetzaveh-exodus-2720-3010-2/ Continue Reading...

Beshalach — Exodus 13:17–17:16

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Beshalach Are miracles possible? While the renowned medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides downplayed miracles as momentary exceptions when supernaturalism erupts into the dominant naturalism scripted by the Creator, one of our great modern thinkers, Abraham Joshua Heschel, sought to reclaim miracles as daily moments of radical amazement. However we define miracles, we must confront them this week […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beshalach-exodus-1317-1716-2/ Continue Reading...

Va’eira — Exodus 6:2-9:35

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Vaeira In her renowned book, Memory and Oblivion: The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2009), Israeli scholar Rachel Elior posits that history cannot be separated from the one who tells it. The winners write their version of the story empowered by their power and authority over the present; whereas the oppressed write their forgotten history […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaeira-exodus-62-935-2/ Continue Reading...

Shemot — Exodus 1:1-6:1

thumbnail_coverdesign_shemot As we open the Book of Exodus – which describes the founding of a nation and a collective religion we today call Judaism – let us consider the challenge that philosopher Peter Sloterdijk poses to our assumptions about the myth of religion’s return in recent decades. In You Must Change Your Life (2014), Sloterdijk argues […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemot-exodus-11-61-2/ Continue Reading...