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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...

“What Is Talmud Study?” Chapter Two

Thumb_TractateShabbat Henry Hollander, leader of our CBS Talmud shiur (study or lesson), wants to learn with you. Talmud study is back, meeting each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room. Participants are studying the fourth chapter of Tractate Shabbat using the Adin Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud. If you don’t have a copy, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/talmud-shiur/ Continue Reading...

Behar / Bechukotai – Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Behar-Bechukotai “Sowing the seed, my hand is one with the earth. …Hungry and trusting, my mind is one with the earth. Eating the fruit, my body is one with the earth.“ Wendell Berry’s poem “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” asks us to consider how the farmer is like the farm. Similarly, the strong language […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behar-bechukotai-leviticus-251-2734/ Continue Reading...

Our Talmud Shiur Resumes

Thumb_TractateShabbat Henry Hollander, leader of our CBS Talmud shiur (study or lesson), wants to learn with you. Talmud study returns next Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room. Participants will begin the fourth chapter of Tractate Shabbat using the Adin Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud. If you don’t have a copy, bring […] http://bethsholomsf.org/our-talmud-shiur-resumes/ Continue Reading...

Shul School Continues – More Thinking Matters

ThinkingMatters_wide We’re excited to share the winter and spring line-up for our popular Thinking Matters: Modern Jewish Philosophy mini-course series. Below, we provide an overview of February – May 2017 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 […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shul-school-continues-more-thinking-matters/ Continue Reading...

Mishpatim — Exodus 21:1–24:18

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Mishpatim Consider this audacious claim: halacha is inextricably intertwined with Kabbalah or, put another way, the law is intertwined with mysticism. Could this really be so? Are there many areas of Jewish life in which kabbalistic practice entered mainstream halachic practice? If so, what effect might this reality have upon this week’s otherwise seemingly dry articulation […] http://bethsholomsf.org/mishpatim-exodus-211-2418-2/ Continue Reading...

Shul School Is Back In Session!

ThinkingMatters_wide 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...

Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound

Thumbnail_AvivaChernick Shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader), musician, and teacher Aviva Chernick returns to CBS to lead Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound, a special, two-part prayer lab occurring on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur. Renew Our Days is not halachic (e.g., there is no Torah service or sermon) – the service is based on traditional liturgy, but […] http://bethsholomsf.org/renew-our-days-the-high-holy-days-unbound/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tetzei — Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_KiTetzei How do we react to evil when we confront it in our lives? For modern people, it has become habit to dissect evil into two categories: natural evil and moral evil. Hurricanes and toothaches are examples of natural evils whereas murder and lying are examples of moral evils. From the Torah’s perspective, there are those […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tetzei-deuteronomy-2110-2519/ Continue Reading...

CBS Does Jewish Heritage Night

Thumbnail_RabbiGlazerAngieDalfenLizNotewareAriDalfen_SFGiantsJewishHeritageNight_August2016 Every year, sometime in late July or August, Bay Area Jews from all walks of life descend on AT&T Park for what just might become our fourth Pilgrimage Festival. The annual ingathering of the Jews known as San Francisco Giants Jewish Heritage Night is always a great deal of fun, and last night was no […] http://bethsholomsf.org/cbs-does-jewish-heritage-night/ Continue Reading...