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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...

Tzav – Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tzav Leviticus is a challenging book to absorb. On one hand, many observant Jews the world over consider the Priestly tradition (as articulated throughout Leviticus) to be obsessed with time-conditioned commands that are far removed from our lived experience today. On the other hand, thanks to the biased scholarship of Julius Wellhausen, critical readers of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tzav-leviticus-61-836-2/ 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...

Vayakhel — Exodus 35:1 – 38:20

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Vayakhel While participating on the Rabin Community Building Mission to Israel, I came to realize just how much community is founded upon shared values and built upon shared practice. On this mission, I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman from Oranim College in Eretz Yisrael, who taught that there are five lenses for measuring community building: (a) […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayakhel-exodus-351-3820-2/ Continue Reading...

Ki Tissa — Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_KiTissa “Literature, painting, and sculpture give material expression to all the spiritual concepts implanted in the depths of the human soul, and as long as even one line hidden in the depth of the soul has not been expressed outwardly, then it remains the task of art [avodat ha’umanut] to bring it out” (Rav Kook, Olat […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ki-tissa-exodus-3011-3435-2/ Continue Reading...

Noah Eshaghpour-Silberman’s Bar Mitzvah

Thumbnail_NoahEshaghpour-Silberman Hello! Salam! My name is Noah Eshaghpour-Silberman. On March 11th, I will celebrate the milestone of becoming a bar mitzvah in front of the Beth Sholom community. I am a 7th Grader at Presidio Middle School, and my many interests include cooking, performing, musical theater, fashion, design, and art exhibits. In this week’s Torah portion, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/noah-eshaghpour-silbermans-bar-mitzvah/ 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...

Shana Cohen’s Bat Mitzvah

Thumbnail_ShanaCohen Hello! Hej! Jambo! Hola! שלום! Bonjour! Hallo! Helló! My name is Shana Cohen, and I am a third generation San Franciscan and a student at Gateway Middle School. I like soccer (I play on SF Sol), reading, spending time with family and friends, animals, horseback riding, art, and being creative. I am bilingual – I […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shana-cohens-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Lola Schnaider’s Bat Mitzvah

Thumb_Lola Shalom! My name is Lola Schnaider, and I am a 7th grader at the Brandeis School of San Francisco! I enjoy dancing, playing sports, photography, and listening to lots of music. I love to travel and be out in nature with my friends and family. In a few short days, I will be called to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/lola-schnaiders-bat-mitzvah/ 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...