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Shabbat Bimah Dialogue

Thumbnail_HLP On Shabbat, May 20, from 11 – 11:45 a.m., please join us for a special bimah dialogue featuring Rabbi Glazer in conversation with Dr. Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, Department of Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University). The title of their conversation is Jubilee Anniversary Reflections […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shabbat-bimah-dialogue/ Continue Reading...

Emor – Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Emor This week’s reading builds upon last week’s distinction between the Priestly Torah, which focuses on the priestly views of ritual (as distinct from those of the masses), and the Holiness Code, which interweaves the priestly elements of ritual with popular customs. What further distinguishes Chapters 21 and 22 of Leviticus from the rest of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/emor-leviticus-211-2423-2/ Continue Reading...

Acharei Mot / Kedoshim – Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_AchareiMot-Kedoshim In conversation with a Jewish artist, I recently quipped that all artists must see their art as an offering to the Other Side. “What?!,” the artist exclaimed. In order to quell the energy of the negative forces in the universe, I explained, the mystical interpretation of many rituals, especially sacrifice, is understood as a way […] http://bethsholomsf.org/acharei-mot-kedoshim-leviticus-161-2027/ Continue Reading...

Tazria / Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tazria-Metzora Debate still abounds as to how best translate the key terms tumah and taharah — signatures of Leviticus (see, for example, Chapter 12). Purity and impurity? Ritual fitness or exclusion? Death and rebirth? I continue to return to the inspired translation of theologian Rachel Adler, who teaches that tumah and taharah are best rendered as […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tazria-metzora-leviticus-121-1533/ Continue Reading...

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...