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Bamidbar – Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

Community building requires many relational building blocks for success. As we journey through the Book of Numbers this year, I am reflecting upon the lessons I learned with Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel. There are four tangible ways of measuring the intangibles of intentional […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bamidbar-numbers-11-420-3/ Continue Reading...

Nitzavim / VaYelekh
Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30

American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once duly remarked: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” Life is a series of choices. And sometimes having to make choices may not serve us well, even if it appears that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/nitzavim-vayelekh-deuteronomy-299-3130/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tavo — Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

How do you express your gratitude? With words? With a thank-you card? John F. Kennedy once suggested that “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.“ A robust “attitude of gratitude” requires an act that acknowledges a benefactor’s benevolence and communicates one’s […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tavo-deuteronomy-261-298-2/ Continue Reading...

Bamidbar — Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

Community building requires many relational building blocks for success. As we journey through the Book of Numbers this year, I am reflecting upon the lessons I learned with Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel. There are four tangible ways of measuring the intangibles of intentional […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bamidbar-numbers-11-420-2/ Continue Reading...

VeZot Ha’Berachah
Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12

Please note that Parashat VeZot Ha’Berachah is read during the Simchat Torah service, which will take place on Tuesday, October 25. This Saturday, October 22, is Shabbat Sukkot, during which we read a selection from Parashat Ki Tissa. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) once remarked: “Zion is in ruins, Jerusalem lies in the dust. All […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vezot-haberachah-deuteronomy-331-3412/ Continue Reading...

VaYelekh — Deuteronomy 31:1 – 30

A remarkable conversation between two Jewish luminaries took place a few years ago, when neuroscientist Eric Kandel (b. 1929) and survivor-activist Elie Wiesel (1928- 2016) – both Nobel Laureates – reflected on memory and forgetting. Wiesel reminded us that we must never forget, while Kandel taught that the best way to do this is by remaining active, social, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayelekh-deuteronomy-311-30/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tavo — Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

How do you express your gratitude? With words? With a thank-you card? A robust “attitude of gratitude” requires an act that acknowledges a benefactor’s benevolence and communicates one’s grateful feelings. This is part of what Moses is teaching the Children of Israel through his own song in Deuteronomy; he instructs his people on how to cultivate the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tavo-deuteronomy-261-298/ Continue Reading...

Bamidbar — Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

The great Chinese philosopher Lao-Tze (ca. 4th century BCE) once remarked: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.“ Such wisdom might allow us to see the work of the Levites in a different light. In the desert of Sinai, a census is conducted of the twelve tribes. The Levites are to serve […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bamidbar-numbers-11-420/ Continue Reading...