Monthly Archives: September 2020

Forbidden Fruit, Rosh Hashanah, and Our Charge to Take Care of the World

Organic Torah, By Rabbi Nathan MargalitSurrealist painting of a book in landscape

According to Hasidic traditions, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, worked in a deeper way than we usually think about… Continue reading

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz Has Passed Away (Baruch Dayan Emet)

By Dina Yoshimi

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Our people have lost a great scholar, and a man who made the Talmud accessible to many current generations. Here’s a link to the obituary in the Jerusalem Post:

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/noted-talmudic-scholar-rabbi-adin-steinsaltz-dies-aged-83-637828

Honey and Poi – Book Sale!

By Mat Sgan

Honey and Poi Cover

Our Sof book Honey and Poi is lagging in sales. Rabbi Saul Perlmutter received a copy and he wrote back to Mat and Alex, “What a wonderful contribution you have made to Sof and to the understanding… Continue reading

Seeing Blessings and Curses

By Reb Daniel Lev

A white horse

רְאֵה, אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם:  בְּרָכָה, וּקְלָלָה.

“See! – I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse”

In the Torah-wisdom excavation business, we know, just like an archeologist, that everything you find,… Continue reading

Creating a Joyful and Sacred Space for the High Holy Days

By Dina Yoshimi

Pomegranate Open

If the hot, humid days of August and September are upon us, then the High Holy Days must be just around the corner. Observing the High Holy Days in Hawaiʻi brings its own special challenges. Be it… Continue reading

Reading Torah on Zoom with a Traumatic Brain Injury

By Tamar Ramos

Torah Trope Cantillation

I have a traumatic brain injury. I found learning to read and write Biblical Hebrew, as well as reading the Torah with trope to be very helpful with my brain injury. Learning Hebrew and reading the Torah… Continue reading

High Holy Days Message From Our President

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Jar of honey and pomegranates

We have a short time before Rosh Hashanah will be upon us and it is incumbent on me as your president to encourage you to continue your support for Congregation Sof Ma’arav on so many levels.… Continue reading

A Message from Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Dear Sof Ma’arav Community –

I am delighted that with the wonders of Zoom, we will “be together” again for another High Holiday season – my fourth with all of you! With the gift of this internet meeting platform, I… Continue reading

Books By Sof’ers

American PastimesAmerican Pastimes Book Cover

A New Book by S.P. Goldstein

Sof Communications chair Sid Goldstein has just published a new book of baseball-themed short stories entitled American Pastimes. Here is the publisher’s press release that accompanied the launch of the book.… Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

  1. Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre at Sof via Zoom

    September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Yom Kippur Morning at Sof via Zoom

    September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Yom Kippur Afternoon at Sof via Zoom

    September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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