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Ki Tetzei — Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19

German Jewish thinker Hannah Arendt once remarked: “Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.“ How do we discern the difference between hypocrisy and evil? And then how do we confront evil in life? For modern people, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tetzei-deuteronomy-2110-2519-2/ Continue Reading...

Shoftim — Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20) What does it take to pursue justice in an unjust world? I think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who commented that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shoftim-deuteronomy-1618-219-2/ Continue Reading...

Pinhas — Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

“No matter how small a religion is, there will always be people within it who find some reason to break away and make it even smaller, a process that, of necessity, ultimately means conflict.“ This comment was offered by Reza Aslan, controversial sociologist of religion and host of Believer. So do we accept that belief […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pinhas-numbers-2510-301-2/ Continue Reading...

Balak — Numbers 22:2 – 25:9

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.“ Eleanor Roosevelt (b.1884) was one of the most outspoken women on human rights and women’s issues in the White House during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, her husband. This week, in Parashat Balak from the prophet Balaam, who was commissioned to curse the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/balak-numbers-222-259-2/ 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...

Ki Tetzei — Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19

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...

Shoftim — Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9

The passion for truth behind the Torah’s pursuit of justice could not be stated any clearer than Moses‘ instruction: “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20). So, as we read in Parashat Shoftim about the primacy of justice, I think of philosopher John Rawls‘ definition of the concept in his work Law of Peoples (1999). Rawls […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shoftim-deuteronomy-1618-219/ Continue Reading...

Simona Lewis’ Bat Mitzvah

Hello. My name is Simona Lewis. I’m an eighth grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. My interests include hanging out with my friends, dancing, playing and creating computer games, and spending time with my family. This coming Shabbat, September 10, I will become a bat mitzvah. My parsha is Shoftim, which means judges. In this parsha, Moses tells the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/simona-lewis-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Pinhas — Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

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Balak — Numbers 22:2 – 25:9

“How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!” (Numbers 24: 5). Renowned Italian author, Umberto Eco (1932-2016) once tellingly remarked, “I think a book should be judged 10 years later, after reading and re-reading it.” So how do we react each time we enter into our sacred spaces of worship and re-read […] http://bethsholomsf.org/balak-numbers-222-259/ Continue Reading...