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Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Shemini 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...

Pekudei – Exodus 38:21 – 40:38

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Pekudei As we close the Book of Exodus, let us return to the challenge posed to our assumptions about the myth of the return of religion by philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in You Must Change Your Life (2014). Recall that Sloterdijk argues that it is not religion that is returning, but a mode in which humans are […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pekudei-exodus-3821-4038-2/ Continue Reading...

Terumah — Exodus 25:1–27:19

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Terumah “Color and I are one.“ So quipped Paul Klee during his 1914 painting journey to Tunisia, which he viewed as a major breakthrough for his art. He insisted that the trip enabled him to embrace his calling: “I am a painter.“ In this week’s reading, the Israelites are called upon to contribute a remarkable panoply […] http://bethsholomsf.org/terumah-exodus-251-2719-2/ Continue Reading...

Youth & Family High Holy Days Programming

Crop_CoverDesign_Behar_Facebook CBS is a stand-out family destinationfor the High Holy Days! CBS offers a selection of age-specific programs and services for children and/or their parents. With the exception of the Family Services, a modest donation is requested for each participating child. If you have any questions, please contact us via email or call 415.940.7092. FAMILY SERVICES […] http://bethsholomsf.org/family-childrens-hhd-programming/ Continue Reading...

A Personal Reflection on Halacha

Thumb_ClaireAmbruster_Artwork1 In early July, we introduced our Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Kohn Summer Intern, Claire Ambruster, to the community with a thoughtful article she wrote for the CBS blog. Today, we’re pleased to share Claire’s second blog contribution, “A Personal Reflection on Halacha,” which is accompanied by her lovely artwork. Yes, indeed, Claire is one talented […] http://bethsholomsf.org/a-personal-reflection-on-halacha/ Continue Reading...

Beha’alotecha — Numbers 8:1 – 12:16

Thumb_CoverDesign_Behaalotecha Co-founder of Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, Sharon Salzberg (b. 1952) once remarked: “We can learn the art of fierce compassion — redefining strength, deconstructing isolation, and renewing a sense of community, practicing letting go of rigid us-versus-them thinking — while cultivating power and clarity in response to difficult situations.“ How does ritual […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behaalotecha-numbers-81-1216/ Continue Reading...

Naso — Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

Thumb_CoverDesign_Nasso2 The American author Joan Didion (b. 1934) once remarked: “Not much about California, on its own preferred terms, has encouraged its children to see themselves as connected to one another.“ While this perception of disconnection between California children may still hold, the Children of Israel attempt to retain connection between one another without sacrificing the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/nasso-numbers-421-789/ Continue Reading...

Emor — Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23

CoverDesign_Emor In a candid moment, the renowned American scholar of the Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels (b. 1943), once remarked that her research of these early religious texts taught her something interesting: “These ancient stories in religion speak to our desire. But they move us toward hope.” Where might one experience this correlation between desire and hope […] http://bethsholomsf.org/emor-leviticus-211-2423/ Continue Reading...

Kedoshim — Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27

Wide_CoverDesign_Kedoshim Everyone recognizes the dictum known as the Golden Rule. So why does it hold such sway over Western civilization while its source continually remains neglected, if not forgotten? The English politician William Wilberforce (1759-1833) once made his own observation about the Golden Rule: “Let everyone regulate his conduct… by the golden rule of doing to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/kedoshim-leviticus-191-2027/ Continue Reading...

Metzora — Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33

Thumb_CoverDesign_Metzora French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885) once remarked: “Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.“ Slander is at once a spiritual and physical disease. In Numbers 12, Miriam stokes the masses to revolt against the leadership of her […] http://bethsholomsf.org/metzora-leviticus-141-1533/ Continue Reading...