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Bo — Exodus 10:1–13:16

Insofar as it relates to modern life, religious scholars have cast the role of ritual in a certain light, understanding how it forms and informs our human societies and cultures through that preferred lens. In her renowned study, Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice (1992), the anthropologist of religion Catherine Bell challenges some of the assumptions that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bo-exodus-101-1316-3/ Continue Reading...

Leilah Goode’s Bat Mitzvah

Hello. My name is Leilah Goode. I am a seventh grader at Claire Lilienthal Middle School. I love playing soccer, going to pop concerts, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends in addition to exploring all that San Francisco has to offer. In Parashat Bo (“Go!”), God commands Moses to “Go to Pharaoh” to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/leilah-goodes-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Va’eira — Exodus 6:2-9:35

The self-revelation of the divine to Moses is a unique moment in our spiritual history and changes the face of monotheism forever. Emboldened and empowered, Moses and Aaron return before Pharaoh, demanding in the divine name, “Let my people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh’s recalcitrance leads to the moment […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaeira-exodus-62-935-3/ Continue Reading...

Micah Mangot’s Bat Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Micah Mangot. I am a seventh grader at Herbert Hoover Middle School. I enjoy reading, hanging out with my friends, singing, watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my family, and swimming. In Parashat Va’eira, on God’s instruction, Moses asks Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh refuses and God turns […] http://bethsholomsf.org/micah-mangots-bat-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...

Adina Sweet’s Bat Mitzvah

This Shabbat, we hope you’ll join CBS as we celebrate Adina Sweet’s bat mitzvah! Adina’s message for the community is below. +++++ Shalom. My name is Adina Sweet. I am a seventh grader at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. My favorite subjects are Social Studies and English. I like to hang out with my […] http://bethsholomsf.org/adina-sweets-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Bo — Exodus 10:1-13:16

According to American statesman, lawyer, poet, and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish (May 7, 1892 – April 20, 1982): “There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.” Liberation powers the Exodus story, and […] http://bethsholomsf.org/bo-exodus-101-1316/ Continue Reading...

Va’eira — Exodus 6:2-9:35

“Demagoguery sells. And therefore, radio stations will put it on. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something else and also make it sell.“ So says the American comedian-cum-politician Al Franken. What exactly is demagoguery? From time immemorial, demagoguery is that recurring situation we encounter when political leaders seek support by appealing to popular […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaeira-exodus-62-935/ Continue Reading...