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Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Is Back!

CBS is proud to announce the return of Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat, a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service that provides its many participants with a transformative experience that is as moving as it is joyful. Led by Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, the Shir Hashirim Ensemble – Hazzan Richard Kaplan, violinist Lila Sklar, and Sheldon Brown (on clarinet, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/fusion-friday-kabbalat-shabbat-is-back/ Continue Reading...

Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1 – 6:8

“Living God and Master of the Universe on high and dwelling in eternity, His name holy and He is sublime and created His world out of three words: sefer, sfar, sippur – letter, limit, and tale.“ So begins the ancient treatise, Sefer Yetzirah, which focuses on sound and its magical capacity for “making” and “world […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68-2/ 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...

Israel Mission Remembrance (III)

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-iii/ 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...

A Personal Reflection on Halacha

In early July, we introduced our Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Kohn Summer Intern, Claire Ambruster, to the community with a thoughtful article she wrote for the CBS blog. Today, we’re pleased to share Claire’s second blog contribution, “A Personal Reflection on Halacha,” which is accompanied by her lovely artwork. Yes, indeed, Claire is one talented […] http://bethsholomsf.org/a-personal-reflection-on-halacha/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit: Burn, Baby, Burn!

What’s this Kezayit thing? Read here. +++++ Lag B’Omer is this Thursday, May 26 (18 Iyar). Although the holiday has been getting more press in recent years, it continues to go largely ignored by most Jewish Americans. But maybe that’s about to change? A concerted effort is being made by some contemporary Jewish leaders to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kezayit-burn-baby-burn/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit: Counting the Omer

What’s this Kezayit thing? Read here. +++++ Another Pesach (Passover) has come and gone. The next Jewish holiday on the radar of many Jews is Rosh Hashanah, but even if we ignore the “minor” holidays and observances — if, for example, you won’t be fasting on the 17th of Tammuz (July 24) — Shavuot is […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kezayit-counting-the-omer/ Continue Reading...

Rabbi Glazer Reviews Kabbalah and Ecology

It’s Earth Day! What better time to highlight Rabbi Glazer‘s review of Rabbi David Seidenberg‘s book Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image In The More-Than-Human World (Cambridge University Press, 2015)? The book review was published in the March 2016 of the journal Theological Studies, but can read it in full by clicking here. In the write-up, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/rabbi-glazer-reviews-kabbalah-and-ecology/ Continue Reading...