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Behar / Bechukotai – Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Behar-Bechukotai “Sowing the seed, my hand is one with the earth. …Hungry and trusting, my mind is one with the earth. Eating the fruit, my body is one with the earth.“ Wendell Berry’s poem “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” asks us to consider how the farmer is like the farm. Similarly, the strong language […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behar-bechukotai-leviticus-251-2734/ 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...

Vayikra – Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_ParashatVayikra It was recently reported that some Bible teachers at a Californian Christian seminary cited the lack of recycling bins on campus as a pure expression of their faith – namely, that by using up resources as quickly as possible, they were hastening the coming of the Lord and the New Creation. With the rise of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayikra-leviticus-11-526-2/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tavo — Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

thumbnail_coverdesign_kitavo How do you express your gratitude? With words? With a thank-you card? A robust “attitude of gratitude” requires an act that acknowledges a benefactor’s benevolence and communicates one’s grateful feelings. This is part of what Moses is teaching the Children of Israel through his own song in Deuteronomy; he instructs his people on how to cultivate the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tavo-deuteronomy-261-298/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit: Burn, Baby, Burn!

Bonfire_thumb What’s this Kezayit thing? Read here. +++++ Lag B’Omer is this Thursday, May 26 (18 Iyar). Although the holiday has been getting more press in recent years, it continues to go largely ignored by most Jewish Americans. But maybe that’s about to change? A concerted effort is being made by some contemporary Jewish leaders to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kezayit-burn-baby-burn/ Continue Reading...

Behar — Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2

Crop_CoverDesign_Behar_Facebook Cycles are enticing, entrancing, and mesmerizing. The American poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) once remarked: “We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ‘revolutionary’ but not transformative.“ The seven transformative cycles that appear […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behar-leviticus-251-262/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit: Counting the Omer

Thumb_Gif_Omer5 What’s this Kezayit thing? Read here. +++++ Another Pesach (Passover) has come and gone. The next Jewish holiday on the radar of many Jews is Rosh Hashanah, but even if we ignore the “minor” holidays and observances — if, for example, you won’t be fasting on the 17th of Tammuz (July 24) — Shavuot is […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kezayit-counting-the-omer/ Continue Reading...