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Emor – Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23

This week’s reading builds upon last week’s distinction between the Priestly Torah, which focuses on the priestly views of ritual (as distinct from those of the masses), and the Holiness Code, which interweaves the priestly elements of ritual with popular customs. What further distinguishes Chapters 21 and 22 of Leviticus from the rest of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/emor-leviticus-211-2423-3/ Continue Reading...

VayakhelPekudei — Exodus 35:1 – 40:38

The genius of every design by Steve Jobs (1955-2011) was an ability to understand what his community of users really wanted. Jobs was single-minded, and at times ruthless, in directing his designers to respond to community, to “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Community is founded upon shared values and built upon […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayakhel-exodus-351-3820-3/ Continue Reading...

Negotiating Jerusalem

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael program! “Negotiating Jerusalem” will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m., in Koret Hall. Jerusalem is so many things to so many people. With Donald Trump’s recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the spotlight was once again on […] http://bethsholomsf.org/negotiating-jerusalem/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tissa — Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

Construction of the Tabernacle is left to the wise-hearted artisans, Bezalel and Aholiav, and proceeds according to schedule, but Moses does not return from atop Mount Sinai exactly when expected (32:1). This leads the impatient Israelites to sculpt a molten calf of gold and worship it (32:6). When he finally returns, Moses sees his people […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tissa-exodus-3011-3435-3/ Continue Reading...

Mishpatim — Exodus 21:1–24:18

Robert Cover (1943-1986), the renowned law professor and activist at Yale Law School, once remarked that every legal system or nomos had woven within its own narrative or story. Cover taught that everyone lives in at least one nomos, by which he means a normative universe. A normative universe is “a world of right and […] http://bethsholomsf.org/mishpatim-exodus-211-2418-3/ Continue Reading...

Social Divisions & Politics In Israel Recap

On Sunday, January 28, the Achshav Yisrael committee of Beth Sholom presented Social Divisions & Politics In Israel with Professor Michael Shalev, a visiting professor and political scientist at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Professor Shalev explained that society in Israel is characterized by diversity, often superimposed on identity issues. How […] http://bethsholomsf.org/social-divisions-politics-in-israel-recap/ Continue Reading...

Member Profile : Willy Waks

Today, we invite you to meet (or reconnect) with congregant Willy Waks. * * * * * How long have you been a member of Beth Sholom? Six years. How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Five-and-a-half years now. Where are you from originally? France, then Israel, then Dallas. That’s the short version, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/member-profile-willy-waks/ Continue Reading...

Social Divisions & Politics In Israel

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael program! “Social Divisions & Politics In Israel” will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m., in Koret hall. Achshav Yisrael presents Professor Michael Shalev, a visiting professor and political scientist at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. He is also […] http://bethsholomsf.org/social-divisions-politics-in-israel/ Continue Reading...

Va’eira — Exodus 6:2-9:35

The self-revelation of the divine to Moses is a unique moment in our spiritual history and changes the face of monotheism forever. Emboldened and empowered, Moses and Aaron return before Pharaoh, demanding in the divine name, “Let my people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh’s recalcitrance leads to the moment […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaeira-exodus-62-935-3/ Continue Reading...

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...