Drash Schedule

  • Drash Schedule April 2021 -   Date Parsha Drash Apr 3 Pesach Reb Daniel Lev Apr 10 Shemini Bea & David Haymer Apr 17 Tazria/Mezora Don Armstrong Apr 24 Aharey Mot/Kedoshim TBD  

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  • Guidelines for Giving a Drash at Congregation Sof Maʻarav - by Sally Morgan and Fran Margulies March 30, 2021   When?   After the Torah service is complete and before Musaf.   How Long?   Ten minutes or less (Really!)   Who Gives It?   As a havurah, Sof Maʻarav depends on its own congregation and its guests to volunteer.   Subject?   A response […]
  • Let’s look back at March 2020 as we move forward in April 2021 - Message from Sof Congregational President Sandra Z. Armstrong It is hard to believe how far we have come in a year by using Zoom to keep us together safely during the pandemic. I am not saying that Zoom is the best way to gather, but it was the only way to come together as a […]
  • Upcoming Events at Sof - Sunday, April 4th, 9:30 am on Zoom: Pesach service, eighth day with Yizkor Wednesday, April 7, 7:00pm on Zoom: The Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service for Hawaiʻi Friday, April 9, 7:00pm: A Kabbalat Shabbat Outdoor Service for Congregation Sof Ma’arav on the grassy field of the Unitarian Church. Congregants can bring in a picnic dinner starting […]
  • Drash on Parashat Ki Tisa (March 6, 2021) 5781 - by Malka Rappaport To begin, I want to express my immense gratitude that God gave me not one, but two in-house Torah scholars (my incomparable parents) for me to turn to when I need some help distilling my ideas for d’rashot (as I very much did this week). So, ima and aba, thank you so […]
  • Levinson-Krupp Library - Levinson-Krupp Library This library was dedicated 50 years ago to the memory of Rebecca Lewin Levinson and Brannette Mayer Krupp by Justice and Mrs. Bernard Levinson. Over the years the library fell into disrepair, but starting in 2005 was redesigned and updated to accommodate the Rabbi Morris Goldfarb Collection. The library contains books of Jewish […]
  • 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 History Project Appendix offers additional information and details gleaned from further research. To purchase copies: […]
  • From My Jewish Learning - Jewish Custom and Jewish Law Reprinted from My Jewish Learning Jewish custom — known in Hebrew as a minhag — is a religious practice that, though sometimes very widely practiced, does not carry the force of Jewish law and is thus not considered mandatory by traditional Jews. Customs cover an extremely wide range of Jewish […]
  • Vayak’heil – Pikudei - by Naomi Olstein March 13, 2021 As a people, we Jews have a ritual or a ceremony for practically everything. We are a punctilious people. (dictionary definition: careful and conscientious; meticulous attention to detail; showing great attention to detail). Where did we develop this character trait? One of the places is in this week’s parsha. […]
  • Sof Drashes - Community and a Day of Rest March 5, 2021 B’Shallach Drash by Marlene Booth How do you build community when there are no rules, no slave masters, no roadmap about where you’re going, how you’ll get there, whom to follow? How do you forge community and build shared memories to replace slavery in Egypt? What […]
  • Traveler’s Poem - by Antonio Machado, Translation by Beatriz Aguirre Haymer Caminante son tus huellas el camino y nada más; Caminante no hay camino se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace el camino, y al volver la vista atrás Se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. Caminante no hay camino sino […]
  • Meditation on a Rock Wall - By Fran Margulies The rocks in this strong Hawaiian wall were fit together in their natural shapes. I walk past the wall and think of God’s words at the end of Yitro 20:22. Use only natural “found” rocks in my altars, he orders! He warns against using “hewn” stones because “wielding your tool upon them” […]
  • Sof Book Club Schedule - Sundays Pages Kindle? Title Author Focus 1/31/21       320       yes       If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir    Ilana Kurshan     Non-fiction. Author’s connection to Daf Yomi, the commitment to read a page of Talmud a day and complete it in 7 years.   3/7/21   275 […]
  • Some Amusement - A Little Humor From Sid Goldstein & Lorna Holmes *** A Jewish man took his Passover lunch to eat outside in the park. He sat down on a bench and began eating. A little while later a blind man came by and sat down next to him. Feeling neighborly, the Jewish man passed a sheet […]
  • Sofʻer Profiles - Meetups with Sofers Welcome Committee with Les Rosenthal A Special Welcoming Visit March 1, 2021 by Les Rosenthal As a member of our Sof Ma’arav Welcoming group, I get to meet tenured, new and prospective members of our close-knit community. Last week I had the wonderful pleasure of calling and introducing myself to Nathalie and […]
  • Jewish Holidays with Sof Ma’arav - Sof Does Purim! February 28, 2021 Images by Arnie Warshawsky On Thursday, February 25th, Congregation Sof Ma’arav celebrated Zoom Purim. It was a joyous occasion, filled with songs, noise, and a raucous reading of the Megillah. It was a grand event, in the tradition of ‘The Party Shul.’ A fun time was had by all. […]