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Yitro — Exodus 18:1–20:23

Whether we are reading The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Iliad, Beowulf, or La Chanson de Roland, we immediately recognize something all great works of literature tend to share in common — all mark out their protagonists as heroes from the outset. So who is the real hero in the Moses story? When we turn to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yitro-exodus-181-2023-3/ Continue Reading...

Behar / Bechukotai – Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34

“Sowing the seed, my hand is one with the earth. …Hungry and trusting, my mind is one with the earth. Eating the fruit, my body is one with the earth.“ Wendell Berry’s poem “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” asks us to consider how the farmer is like the farm. Similarly, the strong language […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behar-bechukotai-leviticus-251-2734/ Continue Reading...

Yitro — Exodus 18:1–20:23

Revelation marks a unique aspect of Judaism, and the modern German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig astutely noted that it exists in symbiotic relationship with Creation and Redemption. But what are the degrees and nuances of Revelation? Sinai may be Revelation’s apogee, but can we develop a deeper appreciation for its subtler nuances? Jewish liturgy suggests that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yitro-exodus-181-2023-2/ Continue Reading...

Behar — Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2

Cycles are enticing, entrancing, and mesmerizing. The American poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) once remarked: “We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ‘revolutionary’ but not transformative.“ The seven transformative cycles that appear […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behar-leviticus-251-262/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit: Counting the Omer

What’s this Kezayit thing? Read here. +++++ Another Pesach (Passover) has come and gone. The next Jewish holiday on the radar of many Jews is Rosh Hashanah, but even if we ignore the “minor” holidays and observances — if, for example, you won’t be fasting on the 17th of Tammuz (July 24) — Shavuot is […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kezayit-counting-the-omer/ Continue Reading...