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Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

“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-131-1541-2/ Continue Reading...

Ekev — Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

William Shakespeare once wrote, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” If a beneficent Creator created the world, is it merely a question of thinking that accounts for why bad things happen to good people? We are disturbed by such moral calculus. This week’s reading of Parashat Ekev provides us […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ekev-deuteronomy-712-1125-2/ Continue Reading...

Devarim — Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

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...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

“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

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...

Ekev — Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

Why do bad things happen to good people if a beneficent Creator created the world? This problematic question perennially troubles us, and so too did it trouble philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In his book Théodicée (Theodicy) (1709), written seven years before his death, Leibniz strives to develop a strategy that will clear God of the charge […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ekev-deuteronomy-712-1125/ Continue Reading...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

In his renowned treatise, The Art of War, Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu (544 BCE – 496 BCE) remarks: “It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.“ […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shelach-numbers-131-1541/ Continue Reading...