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Inviting the Presence: A Drasha for Rosh HaShanah 5781

By Reb Daniel Lev

The cover of the ZoharIn Deuteronomy 30:11-14 it says: “For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say: ‘Who… Continue reading

Sof as a Community

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

A bowl of honey on top of cut green apples with the skin still on.

As a community we have remained close, stayed together and reached incredible heights of ruach, creating uplifting, joyous zoom Shabbats for the last six months. Our experiences and spiritual connections on zoom are a community achievement… 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

Baking Rye Bread

By Arnie Warshawsky

Two loaves of rye bread on a metal cooling rack

Living under self-quarantine is an exercise in frustration. What to do, what to do. Funny how doing nothing more strenuous than using the TV remote or the computer mouse makes me hungry. Lately, I’ve hungered for toast… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Off-Island Sof’ers


Snowbird Chair Les Rosenthal

On the Cover of the Fishing Report at Dierickʻs Fishing Lodge in Alaska

Les Rosenthal holding a large fish


Snowbirds: Les and Pat Rosenthal’s Off-Island Time

By Les and Pat Rosenthal

A before pic from our delightful seders

Seder Table

May 5th… Continue reading

Sofʻers Get Creative

Gale Warshawsky Sings These Islands June 2020

Aug 19, 2020

These Islands was written by Danny Couch. This song was to be Gale’s solo for the Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi concert under the direction of Kumu Alan Akaka. The concert… Continue reading

Hope Is Who We Are in Hawaiʻi: Perhaps Zoom Gets Us There for Now

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

As I walked along the Hawaiian shore today, it occurred to me that the world is a bigger, brighter place like the ocean that surrounds us. The crystal-clear water gently swirls around our feet as we… Continue reading

Sofʻers Talk Story

Mazie Cohen’s Son

July 16, 2020

By Kay Lorraine

I don’t know if this is true everywhere, but in the Jewish community in Columbus, Ohio, you are never really anybody on your own – you are just somebody’s kid. Even… Continue reading

Honey and Poi: Sof History Project

By Dr. Mathew Sgan


Honey and Poi – Sof Maʻarav History Books

 

Two books, courtesy of the Sof History Project. Honey and Poi provides a history of Sof Maʻarav from its founding in 1971 until today. The Sof Maʻarav… Continue reading

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  • The Royal Road to Relational Spirituality
    This is a 10 session course taught in 2019. Click here to purchase full course recordings. Click here for a free download of first session. Derekh HaMelekh— “The Royal Road”—is a collection of Shabbat and holiday teachings by Reb Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, who was the “Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto” as well as a major […]
  • Rising Above Isolation: The Piaseczner Rebbe’s Shavuot Torah of Connection
    Dates and Times: Tuesdays – May 12, May 19, May 267 – 8 pm EST Cost: Pay-what-you-can  Presenter: Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit Description: We’ll learn together an amazing Shavuot Torah by Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, the Piaseczner Rebbe, also known for being the Hasidic Rebbe in the Warsaw Ghetto during the horrific years of the Holocaust. In this Torah he explores […]