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Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47

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...

Shemini — Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47

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...

Kezayit (An Olive’s Worth): What’s In A Name? (Or What’s With Orev?)

Now and again, someone asks me why I sign my CBS emails with a two-part first name: Christopher Orev. Fair question. In day-to-day life, I prioritize my given, secular name, Christopher. In this respect, I’m like most Jewish Americans. My patronymic Hebrew name, Orev ben Avraham Avinu v’ Sarah Imanu, is known by very few […] http://bethsholomsf.org/whats-in-a-name-or-whats-with-orev/ Continue Reading...