Monthly Archives: January 2019

Hanukkah In Egypt

By Robert Littman

Jews have lived in Egypt in great numbers since the 3rd century BC. In the aftermath of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and the Suez crisis in 1956, most of Egypt’s Jews left. Today less than… Continue reading

From the Sof History Project

By Mat Sgan

Newly elected president Peter Freeman (1991–1992) took a page out of Ronald Reagan’s playbook with a “Morning in Sof” optimistic approach. Beginning with a warm letter to fellow congregants, Freeman invited all to participate fully, and included… Continue reading

Upcoming and Current Classes Held Every Shabbat

  1. Classes at Sof

 

1).  Group Torah study sessions along with alternating Talmud study (led by Gregg Kinkley) at 9:15-9:50am.

2)   Children’s Class with Biblical stories, lessons from the Torah and an introduction to Hebrew letters, sounds… Continue reading

The Last Pharaoh

ISBN: 9781386134923

 

He’s the pharaoh you’ll love to hate! The Last Pharaoh, a novel by Sof member Dr. Lorna Holmes, originally written for middle grade students, is finding an audience with adult readers as well. In Seattle in… Continue reading

The Ba’al Shem Tov Reads A Holy Book

by Rabbi Daniel Lev

The Ba’al Shem Tov, also known by his acronym “BeSHT,” inspired the founding of the Hassidic spiritual movement of the eighteenth century. He brought great innovations into the religious identity and practice of the common… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 4 – Balancing Secular and Sacred

By Athena DeRasmo

Every day this convert is faced with balancing sacred observance and a vast secular life, which challenges my observance at every turn. Shabbat is a big help, the precious island in time, as are the holidays. There… Continue reading

20 Years A Jew: Installment 3 – “What’s an Orphan To Do?”

By Athena DeRasmo

With High Holidays 5779 behind us, it seems fitting to comment on what the Holidays mean to this convert. I have heard it said, and I paraphrase, “Time keeps the Jewish people.” The Jewish calendar sustains the… Continue reading

Drash Schedule for February 2019

Date Parsha Drash
Feb 2 Mishpatim Mark Flitter
Feb 9 Terumah Rabbi Daniel Lev
Feb 16 Tetzaveh Rabbi Daniel Lev
Feb 23 Ki Tissah Don Armstrong

Sof Book Club – A Year in Review

by Members of the Sof Book Club

The Sof book club completed another year of comprehensive, diverse, and often exciting reading of Jewish stories, authors and history. This year, the Book Club met eight times and read the following books:… Continue reading

The Social Event of the Year! 

Photographs by Arnie Warshawsky and Naomi Olstein

On Saturday, December 9, the social event of the year took place….

the Armstrongs’ Hanukkah Party. Over 140 people attended, and a good time

was had by all. Menorahs were lit (a LOT… Continue reading

  • JCAN’s Jewish Climate Conference
    March 24, 2019 1pm-8pm Temple Reyim in Auburndale, MA Join Rabbi Margalit and Organic Torah Board Member Rabbi Laura Bellows as they co-teach Changing Climate, Changing Ourselves. We will only succeed in shifting our direction and pulling back from the brink of climate disaster by feeling the crisis in our bodies and emotions; and also […]
  • Meditation, Nature and Torah: The Missing Links (a Podcast)
    JOIN US–Rabbi Margalit and Rabbi Marc Margolius live online April 3rd at 12:30 EST, or download the podcast later. The aim of spiritual practices such as meditation is that they will help us not only to feel present (or perhaps Presence) while we are meditating, but will help us to maintain that sense throughout our […]