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The High Holy Days At CBS

CBS looks forward to sharing the High Holy Days with you this fall. The High Holy Days provide us with an unparalleled opportunity to take stock and reconnect with our deeper selves. Importantly, the spiritual drama and possibility of the “Days of Awe” are matched by the pleasure of spending time with so many friends, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/the-high-holy-days-at-cbs-2/ Continue Reading...

Nitzavim / VaYelekh
Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30

American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once duly remarked: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” Life is a series of choices. And sometimes having to make choices may not serve us well, even if it appears that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/nitzavim-vayelekh-deuteronomy-299-3130/ Continue Reading...

Re’eh — Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

American naturalist-poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked, “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.“ Emerson’s 1836 essay, Nature, expresses the belief that everything in our world – even a drop of dew – is a microcosm of the universe. This transcendentalist notion is not foreign to Judaism, especially its […] http://bethsholomsf.org/reeh-deuteronomy-1126-1617-2/ Continue Reading...

Pizza In The Hut (Sukkot Community Dinner)

Yesterday evening, over 100 members of the CBS community gathered in the CBS sukkah on Eva Gunther Plaza for our annual Sukkot community dinner. This year, we dubbed it Pizza in The Hut, and guests recited the Sukkot blessing, shook the lulav, got decorated in henna art, noshed on delicious vegetarian pizza from Arizmendi Bakery, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pizza-in-the-hut-sukkot-community-dinner/ Continue Reading...

Max Billick’s Bar Mitzvah

My name is Max Billick, I’m a seventh-grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. I’m interested in politics, history, constitutional law, world languages, Talmud, and cooking. This Shabbat – on the fourth day of Sukkot Chol HaMoed – I will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. On the occasion of my […] http://bethsholomsf.org/max-billicks-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

VeZot Ha’Berachah
Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12

Please note that Parashat VeZot Ha’Berachah is read during the Simchat Torah service, which will take place on Tuesday, October 25. This Saturday, October 22, is Shabbat Sukkot, during which we read a selection from Parashat Ki Tissa. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) once remarked: “Zion is in ruins, Jerusalem lies in the dust. All […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vezot-haberachah-deuteronomy-331-3412/ Continue Reading...

The High Holy Days At CBS

The “Days of Awe” are almost upon us – again! As another year draws to a close, we look forward to the next. We also look forward to sharing the High Holy Days with you this October! No matter how “late” they may seem this year, the High Holy Days are always a good time […] http://bethsholomsf.org/the-high-holy-days-at-cbs/ Continue Reading...

VaYelekh — Deuteronomy 31:1 – 30

A remarkable conversation between two Jewish luminaries took place a few years ago, when neuroscientist Eric Kandel (b. 1929) and survivor-activist Elie Wiesel (1928- 2016) – both Nobel Laureates – reflected on memory and forgetting. Wiesel reminded us that we must never forget, while Kandel taught that the best way to do this is by remaining active, social, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayelekh-deuteronomy-311-30/ Continue Reading...

Nitzavim — Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20

Life is a series of choices. And sometimes having to make choices may not serve us well, even if it appears that each choice in the series seems perfectly well suited to serving our concerns. In such cases, philosophers will say we encounter a “dynamic choice” problem. When there are too many choices spread out […] http://bethsholomsf.org/nitzavim-deuteronomy-299-3020/ Continue Reading...

Re’eh — Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

What does it mean to really “see”? To better appreciate “seeing” – for which Parashat Re’eh is named – let us consider the experiential dimension of a quiet state of mind. The practitioner of Zen meditation sometimes experiences an event known as kenshō, literally meaning “seeing nature” and understood as an awakening from our fundamental […] http://bethsholomsf.org/reeh-deuteronomy-1126-1617/ Continue Reading...