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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...

Yitro — Exodus 18:1–20:23

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Yitro Revelation marks a unique aspect of Judaism, and the modern German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig astutely noted that it exists in symbiotic relationship with Creation and Redemption. But what are the degrees and nuances of Revelation? Sinai may be Revelation’s apogee, but can we develop a deeper appreciation for its subtler nuances? Jewish liturgy suggests that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yitro-exodus-181-2023-2/ Continue Reading...

Ilan Salomon-Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah

thumb_ilan Shalom, my name is Ilan and I’m in the 8th grade at the San Francisco School. I enjoy playing sports, making videos, composing music digitally, and playing drums on my own or in my band. I also like talking, laughing, and hanging out with friends. My bar mitzvah is this coming Shabbat and, to be […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ilan-salomon-jacobs-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1-6:8

thumb_coverdesign_bereshit New Beginnings: How do I want to begin again this year? Whenever a new chapter in life is about to begin, it is wise to take a step back and ask: How do I want to begin? What are my hopes, aspirations, and dreams? The Jewish New Year is a time to ask ourselves similar […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68/ 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...