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Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Shemini You are what you eat, so they say. But more importantly, as Jews, we eat only in the context of creation. In this week’s reading, Shemini, aside from Aaron’s mysterious silence in the face of his sons’ immolation, we are drawn into the distinctions conveyed through our dietary laws. The laws of kashrut are commanded, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemini-leviticus-91-1147-2/ Continue Reading...

Tzav – Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tzav Leviticus is a challenging book to absorb. On one hand, many observant Jews the world over consider the Priestly tradition (as articulated throughout Leviticus) to be obsessed with time-conditioned commands that are far removed from our lived experience today. On the other hand, thanks to the biased scholarship of Julius Wellhausen, critical readers of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tzav-leviticus-61-836-2/ Continue Reading...

Vayikra – Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_ParashatVayikra It was recently reported that some Bible teachers at a Californian Christian seminary cited the lack of recycling bins on campus as a pure expression of their faith – namely, that by using up resources as quickly as possible, they were hastening the coming of the Lord and the New Creation. With the rise of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayikra-leviticus-11-526-2/ Continue Reading...

Bechukotai — Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34

Facebook_CoverDesign_Bechukotai English critic Terry Eagleton (b. 1943) once astutely remarked: “We face a conflict between civilization and culture, which used to be on the same side. Civilization means rational reflection, material well-being, individual autonomy, and ironic self-doubt; culture means a form of life that is customary, collective, passionate, spontaneous, unreflective, and irrational.“ Earning material well-being is […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bechukotai-leviticus-263-2734/ Continue Reading...

Emor — Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23

CoverDesign_Emor In a candid moment, the renowned American scholar of the Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels (b. 1943), once remarked that her research of these early religious texts taught her something interesting: “These ancient stories in religion speak to our desire. But they move us toward hope.” Where might one experience this correlation between desire and hope […] http://bethsholomsf.org/emor-leviticus-211-2423/ Continue Reading...

Jacob Goode’s Bar Mitzvah

Thumb_JacobGoode I’m Jacob Goode, a seventh grader at Claire Lilienthal in San Francisco. I enjoy learning, playing baseball and golf, watching the Giants and Warriors, hanging out with my friends and playing video games, and traveling the world with my family. In fact, my family and I have recently returned from a trip to Israel, which […] http://bethsholomsf.org/jacob-goodes-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit: Counting the Omer

Thumb_Gif_Omer5 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...

Kedoshim — Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27

Wide_CoverDesign_Kedoshim Everyone recognizes the dictum known as the Golden Rule. So why does it hold such sway over Western civilization while its source continually remains neglected, if not forgotten? The English politician William Wilberforce (1759-1833) once made his own observation about the Golden Rule: “Let everyone regulate his conduct… by the golden rule of doing to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kedoshim-leviticus-191-2027/ Continue Reading...

Tazria — Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59

Thumb_CoverDesign_Tazria The renowned Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914-1998) once observed: “Abstract painting seeks to be a pure pictorial language, and thus attempts to escape the essential impurity of all languages: the recourse to signs or forms that have meanings shared by everyone.“ Nowhere is this “essential impurity of all languages” more evident than when reading about […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tazria-leviticus-121-1359/ Continue Reading...

Shemini — Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47

thumb_CoverDesign_Shemini Playwright Harold Pinter (b. 1930) once remarked: “There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.” And yet distinctions are critical to making informed choices. Firstly, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemini-leviticus-91-1147/ Continue Reading...