Beth Sholom Congregation History
Beth Sholom Congregation Wedding Life Cycle Beth Sholom Congregation Life Cycle Beth Sholom Congregation Life Cycle

Tag Archives: Moses

Devarim — Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Devarim The great American boxer Muhammad Ali once remarked: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.“ When we turn to the repetition of the Law through its namesake (the Book of Deuteronomy, from deutero, meaning “repetition,” and nomos, meaning “law”), we find […] http://bethsholomsf.org/devarim-deuteronomy-11-322-2/ Continue Reading...

Matot / Massei — Numbers 30:2 – 36:13

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Massei Parashat Matot The final of the four tangible ways of measuring the intangibles of intentional community that I learned with Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is Meaningfulness: “My uniqueness is an important resource and influence for the group.” As we read this week in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/matot-massei-numbers-302-3613/ Continue Reading...

Pinhas — Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Pinhas “No matter how small a religion is, there will always be people within it who find some reason to break away and make it even smaller, a process that, of necessity, ultimately means conflict.“ This comment was offered by Reza Aslan, controversial sociologist of religion and host of Believer. So do we accept that belief […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pinhas-numbers-2510-301-2/ Continue Reading...

Chukat — Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Chukat “The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.” I am often struck by the prescience of 19th-century German sociologist Max Weber, author of the influential The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904-05). Notwithstanding the “disenchantment” that ensues in modernity with the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chukat-numbers-191-221-2/ Continue Reading...

Korah — Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Korah During a brief visit to Dublin, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854), I was struck by the author, playwright, and poet’s quick wit and keen observations about human nature. Wilde once quipped that, “Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.” Torah, on the other hand, teaches […] http://bethsholomsf.org/korah-numbers-161-1832-2/ Continue Reading...

Zoe & Hana Jaeger Skigen’s B’not Mitzvah

Thumbnail_HanaZoeSkigen Shalom. Our names are Zoe and Hana Jaeger Skigen. We are twelve-year-old twins and we just finished Grade 7 at the Synergy School in San Francisco’s Mission District, where we also live. This Shabbat, June 17, we will become b’not mitzvah. We have spent our entire lives doing meaningful things together and the process of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/zoe-hana-jaeger-skigens-bnot-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Beha’alotecha – Numbers 8:1 – 12:16

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_BehaAlotecha 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...

Samantha Friedland’s Bat Mitzvah

Thumbnail_Samantha-Friedland Shalom. My name is Samantha Friedland, and I am a 7th grader at Creative Arts Charter School. My main hobbies are playing the flute, the guitar, and soccer. I also love being with friends and family, and just having fun. My bat mitzvah will take place this Shabbat, May 27. It will be an exciting […] http://bethsholomsf.org/samantha-friedlands-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

“What Is Talmud Study?” Chapter Two

Thumb_TractateShabbat Henry Hollander, leader of our CBS Talmud shiur (study or lesson), wants to learn with you. Talmud study is back, meeting each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room. Participants are studying the fourth chapter of Tractate Shabbat using the Adin Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud. If you don’t have a copy, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/talmud-shiur/ Continue Reading...

Tazria / Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tazria-Metzora Debate still abounds as to how best translate the key terms tumah and taharah — signatures of Leviticus (see, for example, Chapter 12). Purity and impurity? Ritual fitness or exclusion? Death and rebirth? I continue to return to the inspired translation of theologian Rachel Adler, who teaches that tumah and taharah are best rendered as […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tazria-metzora-leviticus-121-1533/ Continue Reading...