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Bamidbar – Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

Community building requires many relational building blocks for success. As we journey through the Book of Numbers this year, I am reflecting upon the lessons I learned with Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel. There are four tangible ways of measuring the intangibles of intentional […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bamidbar-numbers-11-420-3/ Continue Reading...

Chukat — Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

“The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.” I am often struck by the prescience of 19th-century German sociologist Max Weber, author of the influential The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904-05). Notwithstanding the “disenchantment” that ensues in modernity with the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chukat-numbers-191-221-2/ Continue Reading...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

“Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded.” This remark by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities, is indeed curious – and it has theological implications. In a wired, connected world in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shelach-lecha-numbers-131-1541/ Continue Reading...

Chukat — Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

The courageous Somali-born Dutch activist and feminist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (b. 1969), pleads with us to “recognize that we can no longer tolerate violent oppression of women in the name of religion and culture any more than we would tolerate violent oppression espoused by any other bully in the name of a twisted rationale.“ While […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chukat-numbers-191-221/ Continue Reading...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

In his renowned treatise, The Art of War, Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu (544 BCE – 496 BCE) remarks: “It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.“ […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shelach-numbers-131-1541/ Continue Reading...