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Vayekhi — Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

One of the greatest malaises of Western civilization to this day was captured by Ernest Becker (1924-1974) in his book, Denial of Death. Becker points to the reality we know all too well, that we shield and mask death from our lives until it is too late. What we seek to mask, according to Becker, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayekhi-genesis-4728-5026-3/ Continue Reading...

Meiketz — Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

What happens when you are beyond eye-view? To be beyond eye-view is to fall into oblivion and be forgotten. Recall how Joseph was cast away by his brothers earlier in the narrative, thrown into that “empty pit [bor]; there was no water in it!” (Genesis 37:34). In prison, Joseph is also trapped in the emptiness […] http://bethsholomsf.org/meiketz-genesis-411-4417-3/ Continue Reading...

Vayeishev — Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

While quantum cosmologists claim there is no causation within the universe, we do not necessarily need a Hubble telescope to see how often life seems to overflow with an irreducible disorder and chaos. In our own family dynamic, for example, there is no shortage of jealousy, sibling rivalry, preferential treatment – all so integral to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeishev-genesis-371-4023-3/ Continue Reading...

Yermiyahu Ramos’ Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Yermiyahu Ramos, but you can call me Yehry. I am a seventh grader at James Lick Middle School and my favorite subject is Spanish. I love to play all kinds of sports, but I most enjoy playing soccer with my friends after school. This Saturday, December 9, I will be called […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yermiyahu-ramos/ Continue Reading...

Vayishlach — Genesis 32:4–36:43

In our ongoing quest for wholeness in life, sometimes we feel instead as though we’ve become more broken than we were at the outset. Laban sees this in his analysis of Jacob when he suggests, in last week’s parsha, “you were longing for your father’s house.” (Genesis 31:30). If Jacob was indeed that ambiguous about […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayishlach-genesis-324-3643-2/ Continue Reading...

Adam Zander’s Bar Mitzvah

Shalom, my name is Adam Zander and I am a seventh grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. My favorite school subject is Social Studies. I love playing basketball and watching sports. I also participate in a musical theater program outside of school. This Saturday, November 25, I will be called to the Torah […] http://bethsholomsf.org/adam-zanders-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Vayeitzai — Genesis 28:10 – 32:3

To flee from a challenging situation may strike us irresponsible. However, sometimes taking leave is not about fleeing, but taking hold of a new chapter in life. This is what is at stake in the opening words of this week’s reading: “Jacob took leave of Be’er Sheva and set out for Haran.” (Genesis 28:10) Jacob […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeitzai-genesis-2810-323-3/ Continue Reading...

Toldot — Genesis 25:19 – 28:9

As the children of Jacob, the perennial trickster, can we act sincerely and authentically in our own lives? In reading the account of Jacob’s behavior towards his elder sibling, Esau, whom he tricks out of his birthright blessing, Torah compels us to contemplate this dilemma in our own lives. The moment of deception leaves Esau […] http://bethsholomsf.org/toldot-genesis-2519-289-3/ Continue Reading...

Chayai Sarah — Genesis 23:1 – 25:18

Sometimes life demands a certain clinical decisiveness. In last week’s reading, this need for decisiveness was exacerbated by the heightened tensions that came to the fore in both sibling and marital rivalries. Sarah saw conflict on the horizon with her handmaiden, Hagar (aka, Keturah), vying for power in the family lineage through her son, Ishmael, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chayai-sarah-genesis-231-2518-3/ Continue Reading...

Vayeira — Genesis 18:12–2:24

To reach the place of infinite earthly delight – that is the true destination of almost any traveler. The essentials that were once needed for any journey and are nowadays taken for granted appear to be alluded to in this week’s reading. “Abraham planted a tamarisk [eshel] at Be’er Sheva and invoked the divine name there […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeira-genesis-1812-224/ Continue Reading...