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Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1 – 6:8

“Living God and Master of the Universe on high and dwelling in eternity, His name holy and He is sublime and created His world out of three words: sefer, sfar, sippur – letter, limit, and tale.“ So begins the ancient treatise, Sefer Yetzirah, which focuses on sound and its magical capacity for “making” and “world […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68-2/ 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...

Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1-6:8

New Beginnings: How do I want to begin again this year? Whenever a new chapter in life is about to begin, it is wise to take a step back and ask: How do I want to begin? What are my hopes, aspirations, and dreams? The Jewish New Year is a time to ask ourselves similar […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68/ 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...

Rabbi Levi Selwyn: Our Sofer On Site

The week before last, CBS hosted Rabbi Levi Selwyn. Shortly after he arrived, every Torah scroll in the CBS collection was gathered in the Sanctuary so that Rabbi Selwyn could “undress”(1) and unroll them. Outside of religious services, visitors to Beth Sholom aren’t generally encouraged to handle our sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls), but Rabbi Selwyn […] http://bethsholomsf.org/rabbi-levi-selwyn-our-sofer-on-site/ Continue Reading...