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Tzav — Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

The Greek diplomat, Solon (638-558 BCE) once remarked: “Learn to obey before you command.“ What is the relationship between obedience and commandedness [t’zivui] and how does it affect our relationship to sacral duties [mitzvot]? From hearing the calling to obeying the command [tzav], Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons all receive the divine command regarding their […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tzav-leviticus-61-836-3/ Continue Reading...

Vayikra — Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26

A strange miniature Aleph opens this week’s parsha, the only one of its kind in the Torah. What does it mean? In our study of the Zohar, we discovered the most remarkable insight: “A miniature aleph — deriving from a diminished place, diminished becoming great as it joins above.” The mystics understand this seemingly obscure […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayikra-leviticus-11-526-3/ Continue Reading...

VayakhelPekudei — Exodus 35:1 – 40:38

The genius of every design by Steve Jobs (1955-2011) was an ability to understand what his community of users really wanted. Jobs was single-minded, and at times ruthless, in directing his designers to respond to community, to “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Community is founded upon shared values and built upon […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayakhel-exodus-351-3820-3/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tissa — Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

Construction of the Tabernacle is left to the wise-hearted artisans, Bezalel and Aholiav, and proceeds according to schedule, but Moses does not return from atop Mount Sinai exactly when expected (32:1). This leads the impatient Israelites to sculpt a molten calf of gold and worship it (32:6). When he finally returns, Moses sees his people […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tissa-exodus-3011-3435-3/ Continue Reading...

Terumah — Exodus 25:1 – 27:19

Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) once remarked that “God lies in the details.” His refined glass and steel structures defined mid-20th century architecture, and anyone looking carefully at his Seagram Building or the Barcelona Pavilion will notice the way his materials meet with their surroundings – the way form and function work […] http://bethsholomsf.org/terumah-exodus-251-2719-3/ Continue Reading...

Julian Rapaport’s Bar Mitzvah

Shalom, my name is Julian Rapaport. I am a seventh grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. People describe me as an “old soul” and I guess they are right. I love playing Beatles records on my new turntable, listening to Mel Brooks’ 2,000 Year Old Man, and following politics. I also play saxophone in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/julian-rapaports-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Beha’alotecha – Numbers 8:1 – 12:16

How does ritual allow for the building of community practice? Ongoing commitment to communal ritual requires trust. Another key for community building I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) while on the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is Mutual Trust: The “willingness of individuals to join and help others without […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behaalotecha-numbers-81-1216-2/ Continue Reading...

Naso — Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

Another key community building lesson I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is the importance of Belonging – a sense that “this is mine,” a feeling of ownership and full inclusion in a group that allows “a community to become part of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/naso-numbers-421-789/ 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...

Tzav – Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

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...