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Samantha Friedland’s Bat Mitzvah

Thumbnail_Samantha-Friedland Shalom. My name is Samantha Friedland, and I am a 7th grader at Creative Arts Charter School. My main hobbies are playing the flute, the guitar, and soccer. I also love being with friends and family, and just having fun. My bat mitzvah will take place this Shabbat, May 27. It will be an exciting […] http://bethsholomsf.org/samantha-friedlands-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

Ki Tavo — Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

thumbnail_coverdesign_kitavo How do you express your gratitude? With words? With a thank-you card? A robust “attitude of gratitude” requires an act that acknowledges a benefactor’s benevolence and communicates one’s grateful feelings. This is part of what Moses is teaching the Children of Israel through his own song in Deuteronomy; he instructs his people on how to cultivate the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tavo-deuteronomy-261-298/ Continue Reading...

Re’eh — Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Reeh What does it mean to really “see”? To better appreciate “seeing” – for which Parashat Re’eh is named – let us consider the experiential dimension of a quiet state of mind. The practitioner of Zen meditation sometimes experiences an event known as kenshō, literally meaning “seeing nature” and understood as an awakening from our fundamental […] http://bethsholomsf.org/reeh-deuteronomy-1126-1617/ Continue Reading...

Bechukotai — Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34

Facebook_CoverDesign_Bechukotai English critic Terry Eagleton (b. 1943) once astutely remarked: “We face a conflict between civilization and culture, which used to be on the same side. Civilization means rational reflection, material well-being, individual autonomy, and ironic self-doubt; culture means a form of life that is customary, collective, passionate, spontaneous, unreflective, and irrational.“ Earning material well-being is […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bechukotai-leviticus-263-2734/ Continue Reading...