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Re’eh — Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

American naturalist-poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked, “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.“ Emerson’s 1836 essay, Nature, expresses the belief that everything in our world – even a drop of dew – is a microcosm of the universe. This transcendentalist notion is not foreign to Judaism, especially its […] http://bethsholomsf.org/reeh-deuteronomy-1126-1617-2/ Continue Reading...

Announcing Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat!

Beginning in 2014, the CBS community has gathered on the third Friday of each month to welcome Shabbat with uplifting song. This spirited 3rd Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service has grown in popularity over the past two years, providing its many participants with a transformative experience that is as moving as it is joyful. This […] http://bethsholomsf.org/announcing-fusion-friday-kabbalat-shabbat/ Continue Reading...

Report From Dublin

Rabbi Glazer recently participated in Philosophizing Monotheism, a conference at the National University of Ireland, Dublin. On his return to the States, he shared the inspiring report below. The wonderful conference was the culmination of an ongoing relationship I have been cultivating with a group of Israeli academics. I’ve done so with a few intentions […] http://bethsholomsf.org/report-from-dublin/ Continue Reading...

This Shavuot: The Kabbalah of Ice Cream

Join fellow members of our Bay Area Jewish community for an illuminating night (and dawn!) of learning, rejoicing, and good eats on Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31! Start the evening with a community dinner and post-nosh learning at Congregation Chevra Thilim, then move on to Richmond District staple Toy Boat Dessert Café (for […] http://bethsholomsf.org/this-shavuot-the-kabbalah-of-ice-cream/ Continue Reading...

Acharei Mot / Kedoshim – Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27

In conversation with a Jewish artist, I recently quipped that all artists must see their art as an offering to the Other Side. “What?!,” the artist exclaimed. In order to quell the energy of the negative forces in the universe, I explained, the mystical interpretation of many rituals, especially sacrifice, is understood as a way […] http://bethsholomsf.org/acharei-mot-kedoshim-leviticus-161-2027/ Continue Reading...

Our Talmud Shiur Resumes

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...

A Parnas Fellowship Evening @ SFJAZZ

As a special thank you to members of the CBS Parnas Fellowship for their generosity and dedication to our community, this past Thursday evening Rabbi Glazer and the CBS Board of Directors hosted a special concert tribute to the songbook of the late, great Leonard Cohen (z”l) at SFJAZZ. The concert also functioned as a […] http://bethsholomsf.org/a-parnas-fellowship-evening-sfjazz/ Continue Reading...

Pesach – Day 5

“Roots, man — we’re talking about Jewish roots, you want to know more? Check on Elijah the prophet. … yeah — these are my roots, I suppose. Am I looking for them? … I ain’t looking for them in synagogues … I can tell you that much.” — Bob Dylan, 1983 Is the Messiah a […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pesach-day-5/ Continue Reading...

Terumah — Exodus 25:1–27:19

“Color and I are one.“ So quipped Paul Klee during his 1914 painting journey to Tunisia, which he viewed as a major breakthrough for his art. He insisted that the trip enabled him to embrace his calling: “I am a painter.“ In this week’s reading, the Israelites are called upon to contribute a remarkable panoply […] http://bethsholomsf.org/terumah-exodus-251-2719-2/ Continue Reading...

Mishpatim — Exodus 21:1–24:18

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...