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A Night to Remember: Don’s Tribute Event

Contributed by Mat Sgan

It all began with a spontaneous outburst at the June Sof Board Meeting. President Don Armstrong called for new business, and I called for recognition of him for his decade of leadership and many good deeds.… Continue reading

Don’s Roast and Toast Lyrics

Contributed by Gregg Kinkley

[to the tune of “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General”]

Don is the very model of a modern Temple president,
He was from Jersey; now it seems he’s of Hawaii resident,
He… Continue reading

Let’s Toast to Life

A toast by Carolann Biederman, given during Donald Armstrong’s Roast & Toast Tribute Event

Many of Donald’s accomplishments here in Hawaii are collaborations and strategic partnerships. We know “it takes a village.” And it takes Sandy.

Tonight, though, the… Continue reading

Sephardic Challah With Whole Spices

Contributed by Peter Fritz

I enjoy baking different types of challahs for Sof, and this is a favorite. While this recipe suggests a variety of spices, the seeds used for Sof are a combination of anise, coriander, and sesame seeds.… Continue reading

Introducing the Organic Torah Translation Series

Contributed by the Organic Torah Team

This year, starting in September, Rabbi Margalit or another Organic Torah teacher will write a monthly translation, summary, and commentary on a short section of spiritual Torah. Most often, it will be from the… Continue reading

A Tribute to Donald Armstrong

Contributed by Mat Sgan

Congregation Sof Ma’arav is hosting a Roast and Toast celebration as an expression of thanks to Don Armstrong. This event will take place on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Kuapa… Continue reading

Talmud Shiurim at Sof Maarav

Contributed by Gregg Kinkley

An hour before we start our prayers,
(Invoking names like Abe and Sara),
Earnest study of the layers
Of our tradition, through Gemara,
Commences ‘round the hour of nine;
A guided tour of divine
And often… Continue reading

Tres Mexicanos Entran A Un Bar

Contributed by Kay Lorraine

Three Mexicans walked into a bar… You probably think this is the beginning of a joke rather than the start of an absolutely true story about what happened to me down here in Texas last Thursday.… Continue reading

And G!d Spoke

Contributed by Rabbi Daniel Lev

Why is it that the Jewish master, Reb Zusha, never recalled any of the Torah wisdom he heard from his Rebbe, Dov Ber, the Maggid of Meseritch? I know that you’re burning to know this… Continue reading

20 Years a Jew: One Convert’s Observations in Seven Installments

Contributed by Athena Derasmo

Installment #2 “Why Judaism? What made it special (to me)?”

As I mentioned in installment #1, the form and function of Judaism has always been hugely attractive to me. Who can deny the intellectual appeal, the… Continue reading