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Aliyah Baruch’s Bat Mitzvah

My name is Aliyah Baruch. I attend Aptos Middle School and I am in the seventh grade. I like playing soccer, hanging out with my friends and family, taking care of animals, and traveling. On April 22, I will have my bat mitzvah. It is a big milestone in my life that I will be […] http://bethsholomsf.org/aliyah-baruchs-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

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...

Tetzaveh — Exodus 27:20–30:10

Kenneth Cole, celebrated fashion designer and former congregant of mine in New York, once remarked: “Look good, for good.“ To outfit spiritual change, all priests or kohanim wear: (1) a full- length linen tunic [ketonet]; (2) linen breeches [michnasayim]; (3) a linen headdress, or turban [mitznefet]; and (4) a long, waist sash [avnet]. To manifest […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tetzaveh-exodus-2720-3010-2/ Continue Reading...

Acharei Mot — Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30

“After the ecstasy, the laundry!“ This insight by renowned author and teacher of meditation, Jack Kornfield, co-founder of Spirit Rock in Woodacre, California, encapsulates the challenge of daily spiritual practice. In his bestselling book of the same title, Kornfield offers a uniquely intimate understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds — and most importantly, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/acharei-mot-leviticus-161-1830/ 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...

Tetzaveh — Exodus 27:20-30:10

When asked about the centrality of clothing in his rock ensemble, Kiss, the Israeli-American musician, singer, and songwriter Chaim Witz (born August 25, 1949, and better known by his stage name, Gene Simmons) once noted that: “The makeup is simply an extension of the personality, and colors, clothing, makeup all express something.” Can this ethos […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tetzaveh-exodus-2720-3010/ Continue Reading...