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“What Is Talmud Study?” Chapter Three

Thumb_TractateShabbat Henry Hollander, leader of our CBS Talmud shiur (study or lesson), is contributing regular blog posts that explore the Talmud, thus providing members of the community who can not participate in the Tuesday night sessions with a taste of the wonder and complexity the Talmud offers. CHAPTER THREE of his exploration appears just below. You […] http://bethsholomsf.org/what-is-talmud-study-chapter-three/ Continue Reading...

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...

Vayekhi — Genesis 47:28–50:26

thumbnail_coverdesign_vayekhi Confronting our own mortality can often give rise to unseen blessings in our lives and the lives of those we love. At the close of Genesis, during Jacob‘s final hours, he conducts a stocktaking of his children, the twelve tribes of Israel. On his deathbed, Jacob announces: “…I am now old, and I do not […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayekhi-genesis-4728-5026-2/ Continue Reading...

Meiketz — Genesis 41:1–44:17

thumbnail_coverdesign_mikeitz Sometimes our hidden gifts reveal themselves to us in expected times and places. Pharaoh unveils this gift to Joseph, saying: “There is none so discerning and wise as you.” (Genesis 41:39) Joseph’s prowess continues to grow, given his gifts as dream interpreter as well as financial advisor to Pharaoh. In short order, Joseph is promoted […] http://bethsholomsf.org/meiketz-genesis-411-4417-2/ Continue Reading...

Vayeishev — Genesis 37:1–40:23

thumbnail_coverdesign_vayeishev Given all the challenges and distractions life presents, settling the mind is no small feat. When scripture states, “Now Jacob settled in the land where his father had sojourned, the land of Canaan” (Genesis 37:1), one way of understanding this settling is the primary, more literal one, that of Jacob’s family putting down roots in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeishev-genesis-371-4023-2/ Continue Reading...

Vayishlach — Genesis 32:4–36:43

thumbnail_coverdesign_vayishlach I recently had the pleasure of sitting with a Bay Area Jungian analyst who also happens to be Jewish. In a trialogue with a colleague of mine who also teaches Zohar through Lehrhaus Judaica, we together sought another way into our respective readings of scripture as a journey of the psyche, of the soul. I’ve […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayishlach-genesis-324-3643/ Continue Reading...

Vayeitzai — Genesis 28:10–32:3

thumbnail_coverdesign_vayeitzai “Jacob took leave of Be’er Sheva and set out for Haran.” (Genesis 28:10) Wandering in a displaced manner is distinct from wandering to a place of promise. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Abraham, Jacob takes leave of his hometown of Be’er Sheva to dream of something more – a Promised Land. En route […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeitzai-genesis-2810-323-2/ Continue Reading...

Toldot— Genesis 25:19–28:9

thumbnail_coverdesign_toldot What was the nature of the blindness that Isaac succumbed to later in life? Commenting on Genesis 27:1 (“When Isaac was old his eyes were too dim to see“), Rashi suggests something subtle: “When Isaac was bound to the altar and his father wanted to slaughter him, at that moment, the heavens opened up and […] http://bethsholomsf.org/toldot-genesis-2519-289-2/ Continue Reading...

Chayai Sarah— Genesis 23:1–25:18

thumbnail_coverdesign_chayaisarahrevision Are there consequences to our actions? Do our relationships reflect the consequences of our choices? The choice made last week by Abraham to nearly sacrifice Isaac has profound consequences upon the matriarch, Sarah. The rabbinic exegesis (Pirkai d’Rabbi Eliezer 32) captures this trauma well: “When Abraham came from Mount Moriah, Samael [Satan] was furious that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chayai-sarah-genesis-231-2518-2/ Continue Reading...

Vayeira— Genesis 18:12–2:24

thumbnail_coverdesign_vayeira How many trials must we overcome in life? Abraham is said to have overcome ten trials. Notice the way language links them: “Go…to the land I shall show” (Genesis 12:1) to “Sacrifice your son on one of the mountains I shall show you” (Genesis 22:2). Clearly then, Lech Lecha last week is linked with Vayeira […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeira-genesis-181-2224-2/ Continue Reading...