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Vayeishev — Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

While quantum cosmologists claim there is no causation within the universe, we do not necessarily need a Hubble telescope to see how often life seems to overflow with an irreducible disorder and chaos. In our own family dynamic, for example, there is no shortage of jealousy, sibling rivalry, preferential treatment – all so integral to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeishev-genesis-371-4023-3/ Continue Reading...

Yermiyahu Ramos’ Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Yermiyahu Ramos, but you can call me Yehry. I am a seventh grader at James Lick Middle School and my favorite subject is Spanish. I love to play all kinds of sports, but I most enjoy playing soccer with my friends after school. This Saturday, December 9, I will be called […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yermiyahu-ramos/ Continue Reading...

Vayeitzai — Genesis 28:10 – 32:3

To flee from a challenging situation may strike us irresponsible. However, sometimes taking leave is not about fleeing, but taking hold of a new chapter in life. This is what is at stake in the opening words of this week’s reading: “Jacob took leave of Be’er Sheva and set out for Haran.” (Genesis 28:10) Jacob […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeitzai-genesis-2810-323-3/ Continue Reading...

Israel Mission Remembrance (II)

From December 22, 2016 – January 2, 2017, almost 30 members of the CBS community traveled to Israel as part of the CBS/Kol Shofar Intergenerational Communal Family Mission. The trip itinerary was thoughtfully designed by Rabbis Aubrey Glazer and Susan Leider (Kol Shofar), and we’ve heard from many participants about how extraordinary and memorable an […] http://bethsholomsf.org/israel-mission-remembrance-ii/ Continue Reading...

Shemot — Exodus 1:1-6:1

As we open the Book of Exodus – which describes the founding of a nation and a collective religion we today call Judaism – let us consider the challenge that philosopher Peter Sloterdijk poses to our assumptions about the myth of religion’s return in recent decades. In You Must Change Your Life (2014), Sloterdijk argues […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemot-exodus-11-61-2/ Continue Reading...

Vayekhi — Genesis 47:28–50:26

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...

Vayigash — Genesis 44:18–47:27

Sometimes the harshest reproach can elicit the most tender response. “Then Judah went up to [Joseph] and said: ‘Please, my lord…’” (Genesis 44:18). This is the dramatic moment where Judah is called upon to facilitate the role of rapprochement as he approaches Joseph. This act of loyalty amidst a history of loyalties betrayed is so […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayigash-genesis-4418-4727-2/ Continue Reading...

Meiketz — Genesis 41:1–44:17

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

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...

Vayeitzai — Genesis 28:10–32:3

“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...