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Vayeishev — Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

While quantum cosmologists claim there is no causation within the universe, we do not necessarily need a Hubble telescope to see how often life seems to overflow with an irreducible disorder and chaos. In our own family dynamic, for example, there is no shortage of jealousy, sibling rivalry, preferential treatment – all so integral to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeishev-genesis-371-4023-3/ Continue Reading...

Yermiyahu Ramos’ Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Yermiyahu Ramos, but you can call me Yehry. I am a seventh grader at James Lick Middle School and my favorite subject is Spanish. I love to play all kinds of sports, but I most enjoy playing soccer with my friends after school. This Saturday, December 9, I will be called […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yermiyahu-ramos/ Continue Reading...

Lech Lecha — Genesis 12:1–17:27

How often have you taken advantage of a last minute travel deal? Today, it may feel good not to know where you will travel until the very last minute; it allows you to discover some new, exotic destination at a great rate. In the ancient Near Eastern mind, however, that same sense of journeying without […] http://bethsholomsf.org/lech-lecha-genesis-121-1727-3/ Continue Reading...

Beshalach — Exodus 13:17–17:16

Are miracles possible? While the renowned medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides downplayed miracles as momentary exceptions when supernaturalism erupts into the dominant naturalism scripted by the Creator, one of our great modern thinkers, Abraham Joshua Heschel, sought to reclaim miracles as daily moments of radical amazement. However we define miracles, we must confront them this week […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beshalach-exodus-1317-1716-2/ Continue Reading...

Arlo Novicoff’s Bar Mitzvah

Shalom, my name is Arlo Novicoff. I’m a 7th grader at A.P. Giannini Middle School. In my free time, I like to play sports and hang out in the city with my family and friends. I’m interested in traveling, good food, history, and math. This coming Shabbat, February 11, I will become a bar mitzvah. […] http://bethsholomsf.org/arlo-novicoffs-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Bo — Exodus 10:1–13:16

“No more exploitation of the weak, racial discrimination, or ghettoes of poverty! Never again!“ So declared Pope John Paul II in 1999. He called for a different way of living in keeping with his religious ideals, and he argued that the Church should not achieve these goals through partisan politics or by revolutionary violence. The […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bo-exodus-101-1316-2/ Continue Reading...

Va’eira — Exodus 6:2-9:35

In her renowned book, Memory and Oblivion: The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2009), Israeli scholar Rachel Elior posits that history cannot be separated from the one who tells it. The winners write their version of the story empowered by their power and authority over the present; whereas the oppressed write their forgotten history […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaeira-exodus-62-935-2/ Continue Reading...

Shemot — Exodus 1:1-6:1

As we open the Book of Exodus – which describes the founding of a nation and a collective religion we today call Judaism – let us consider the challenge that philosopher Peter Sloterdijk poses to our assumptions about the myth of religion’s return in recent decades. In You Must Change Your Life (2014), Sloterdijk argues […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemot-exodus-11-61-2/ Continue Reading...

Vayigash — Genesis 44:18–47:27

Sometimes the harshest reproach can elicit the most tender response. “Then Judah went up to [Joseph] and said: ‘Please, my lord…’” (Genesis 44:18). This is the dramatic moment where Judah is called upon to facilitate the role of rapprochement as he approaches Joseph. This act of loyalty amidst a history of loyalties betrayed is so […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayigash-genesis-4418-4727-2/ Continue Reading...

Meiketz — Genesis 41:1–44:17

Sometimes our hidden gifts reveal themselves to us in expected times and places. Pharaoh unveils this gift to Joseph, saying: “There is none so discerning and wise as you.” (Genesis 41:39) Joseph’s prowess continues to grow, given his gifts as dream interpreter as well as financial advisor to Pharaoh. In short order, Joseph is promoted […] http://bethsholomsf.org/meiketz-genesis-411-4417-2/ Continue Reading...