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Noah — Genesis 6:9-11:32

“Who is like you Who could reach you Who has seen Who has been …When you ride a cherub And glide on the wind And wander through thunder And move within storms Making your way through the waters…“ The liturgical poet Yannai here imagines the divine as controlling the universe, “from the sky to the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/noah-genesis-69-1132-3/ Continue Reading...

Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1 – 6:8

“Living God and Master of the Universe on high and dwelling in eternity, His name holy and He is sublime and created His world out of three words: sefer, sfar, sippur – letter, limit, and tale.“ So begins the ancient treatise, Sefer Yetzirah, which focuses on sound and its magical capacity for “making” and “world […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68-2/ Continue Reading...

Devarim — Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

The great American boxer Muhammad Ali once remarked: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.“ When we turn to the repetition of the Law through its namesake (the Book of Deuteronomy, from deutero, meaning “repetition,” and nomos, meaning “law”), we find […] http://bethsholomsf.org/devarim-deuteronomy-11-322-2/ Continue Reading...

Devarim — Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

The Hebrew name for the fifth book of the Torah is Devarim, meaning “spoken words.” The title is apt – Devarim consists of three speeches made by Moses to the assembled Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. The Greek name for the book, though, is apt in another way. Deuteronomy, from the roots deutero […] http://bethsholomsf.org/devarim-deuteronomy-11-322/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit (An Olive’s Worth): What’s In A Name? (Or What’s With Orev?)

Now and again, someone asks me why I sign my CBS emails with a two-part first name: Christopher Orev. Fair question. In day-to-day life, I prioritize my given, secular name, Christopher. In this respect, I’m like most Jewish Americans. My patronymic Hebrew name, Orev ben Avraham Avinu v’ Sarah Imanu, is known by very few […] http://bethsholomsf.org/whats-in-a-name-or-whats-with-orev/ Continue Reading...