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Devarim — Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Devarim The great American boxer Muhammad Ali once remarked: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.“ When we turn to the repetition of the Law through its namesake (the Book of Deuteronomy, from deutero, meaning “repetition,” and nomos, meaning “law”), we find […] http://bethsholomsf.org/devarim-deuteronomy-11-322-2/ Continue Reading...

Matot / Massei — Numbers 30:2 – 36:13

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Massei Parashat Matot The final of the four tangible ways of measuring the intangibles of intentional community that I learned with Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is Meaningfulness: “My uniqueness is an important resource and influence for the group.” As we read this week in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/matot-massei-numbers-302-3613/ Continue Reading...

Chukat — Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Chukat “The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.” I am often struck by the prescience of 19th-century German sociologist Max Weber, author of the influential The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904-05). Notwithstanding the “disenchantment” that ensues in modernity with the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chukat-numbers-191-221-2/ Continue Reading...

“What Is Talmud Study?” Chapter Three

Thumb_TractateShabbat Henry Hollander, leader of our CBS Talmud shiur (study or lesson), is contributing regular blog posts that explore the Talmud, thus providing members of the community who can not participate in the Tuesday night sessions with a taste of the wonder and complexity the Talmud offers. CHAPTER THREE of his exploration appears just below. You […] http://bethsholomsf.org/what-is-talmud-study-chapter-three/ Continue Reading...

Korah — Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Korah During a brief visit to Dublin, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854), I was struck by the author, playwright, and poet’s quick wit and keen observations about human nature. Wilde once quipped that, “Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.” Torah, on the other hand, teaches […] http://bethsholomsf.org/korah-numbers-161-1832-2/ Continue Reading...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_ShelachLecha “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded.” This remark by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities, is indeed curious – and it has theological implications. In a wired, connected world in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shelach-lecha-numbers-131-1541/ Continue Reading...

Zoe & Hana Jaeger Skigen’s B’not Mitzvah

Thumbnail_HanaZoeSkigen Shalom. Our names are Zoe and Hana Jaeger Skigen. We are twelve-year-old twins and we just finished Grade 7 at the Synergy School in San Francisco’s Mission District, where we also live. This Shabbat, June 17, we will become b’not mitzvah. We have spent our entire lives doing meaningful things together and the process of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/zoe-hana-jaeger-skigens-bnot-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Naso — Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Naso Another key community building lesson I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is the importance of Belonging – a sense that “this is mine,” a feeling of ownership and full inclusion in a group that allows “a community to become part of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/naso-numbers-421-789/ Continue Reading...

Gabriel Rogow-Patt’s Bar Mitzvah

Thumbnail_GabrielRogowPatt Shalom. My name is Gabriel Bram Rogow-Patt. I am in 7th grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. I enjoy a good intellectual challenge. I like coding, playing video games with friends, solving puzzles, and learning trivia. My bar mitzvah is coming up this Shabbat, and I’m excited, but also nervous. I will read […] http://bethsholomsf.org/gabriel-rogow-patts-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

This Shavuot: The Kabbalah of Ice Cream

Thumbnail_KabbalahOfIceCream_poster Join fellow members of our Bay Area Jewish community for an illuminating night (and dawn!) of learning, rejoicing, and good eats on Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31! Start the evening with a community dinner and post-nosh learning at Congregation Chevra Thilim, then move on to Richmond District staple Toy Boat Dessert Café (for […] http://bethsholomsf.org/this-shavuot-the-kabbalah-of-ice-cream/ Continue Reading...