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Michael Ross’ Bar Mitzvah

Shalom. My name is Michael Ross. I’m an eighth grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco and I am becoming a bar mitzvah this Shabbat, 11 Elul 5777. A bit about me: I love to play the electric guitar, and have been taking music lessons at The Blue Bear School of Music for six […] http://bethsholomsf.org/michael-ross-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Ekev — Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

William Shakespeare once wrote, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” If a beneficent Creator created the world, is it merely a question of thinking that accounts for why bad things happen to good people? We are disturbed by such moral calculus. This week’s reading of Parashat Ekev provides us […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ekev-deuteronomy-712-1125-2/ Continue Reading...

Va’et’hanan — Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11

How does empathy resonate with you? American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once remarked that, “Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaethanan-deuteronomy-323-711-2/ Continue Reading...

Balak — Numbers 22:2 – 25:9

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.“ Eleanor Roosevelt (b.1884) was one of the most outspoken women on human rights and women’s issues in the White House during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, her husband. This week, in Parashat Balak from the prophet Balaam, who was commissioned to curse the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/balak-numbers-222-259-2/ Continue Reading...

Report From Dublin

Rabbi Glazer recently participated in Philosophizing Monotheism, a conference at the National University of Ireland, Dublin. On his return to the States, he shared the inspiring report below. The wonderful conference was the culmination of an ongoing relationship I have been cultivating with a group of Israeli academics. I’ve done so with a few intentions […] http://bethsholomsf.org/report-from-dublin/ Continue Reading...

Vayikra – Leviticus 1:1-5:26

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...

Shul School Is Back In Session!

Our popular Thinking Matters: Modern Jewish Philosophy mini-course series kicks off a new semester next week! Below, we provide an overview of September – November 2016 Thinking Matters course offerings. (The full 2016–17 mini-course overview can be accessed by clicking here.) Join our impressive line-up of local star teachers and CBS experts to wrestle with […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shul-school-is-back-in-session/ Continue Reading...

A Visit From Rabbi Yonatan Neril

This past Sunday afternoon, December 18, the Achshav Yisrael committee of CBS presented its seventh program, “Israel’s Environmental Challenges and the Relevance of Jewish Teachings.” Just below, Achshav Yisrael committee member Eileen Auerbach provides a full report and some photographs snapped during the gathering. * * * * * Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and Executive […] http://bethsholomsf.org/a-visit-from-rabbi-yonatan-neril/ Continue Reading...

Israel’s Environmental Challenges and the
Relevance of Jewish Teachings

Buy your tickets our upcoming Achshav Yisrael program! “Israel’s Environmental Challenges and the Relevance of Jewish Teachings” will take place on Sunday, December 18, 3 – 5 p.m., in Koret Hall. Join Achshav Yisrael and Rabbi Yonatan Neril to learn about ecology in Israel and what Jewish wisdom has to teach us about environmentalism. Rabbi […] http://bethsholomsf.org/israels-environmental-challenges-the-relevance-of-jewish-teachings/ Continue Reading...

Ekev — Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

Why do bad things happen to good people if a beneficent Creator created the world? This problematic question perennially troubles us, and so too did it trouble philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In his book Théodicée (Theodicy) (1709), written seven years before his death, Leibniz strives to develop a strategy that will clear God of the charge […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ekev-deuteronomy-712-1125/ Continue Reading...