Drash Schedule

  • Drash Schedule October 2020 - Date Parsha Drash Oct 3 Sukkot Full Hallel, No Drash Oct 10 Kohelet Fran Margulies Oct 17 Breishit Robert Littman Oct 24 Noach Sally Morgan  Oct 31       Lekh Lekha     Hefcibah Martin  

High Holy Days

  • Inviting the Presence: A Drasha for Rosh HaShanah 5781 - By Reb Daniel Lev In 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 shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us […]
  • High Holy Days Message From Our President - By Sandra Z. Armstrong 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. First and foremost, it is my utmost gratitude for your membership to Congregation Sof Ma’arav. […]
  • A Message from 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 have been delighted to be able to attend and see many of you at various […]
  • Sof Maʻarav High Holiday Services 2020 | 5781 via Zoom - Rosh HaShanah via Zoom Sept 18, 2020    8:00-9:00 pm    FRIDAY            Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sept 19, 2020    9-11:30 am          SATURDAY     First Day of Rosh Hashanah – Sept 20, 2020    9-11:30 am          SUNDAY          Second Day of Rosh Hashanah – HNL Yom […]

All News

  • Atah Chonen: A Prayer for Wisdom - From My Jewish Learning Prayer offers us a daily opportunity to embrace God with words while seeking — through the language of petition and supplication — a way to articulate our most profound needs. It is in the searching and wrestling that we gain clarity. This kind of penetrating lucidity comes in that rare moment […]
  • Inviting the Presence: A Drasha for Rosh HaShanah 5781 - By Reb Daniel Lev In 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 shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us […]
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life Well Lived - By Sid Goldstein Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020. She was arguably, the most important Jewish supreme court justice since Felix Frankfurter. Judge Ginsberg lived an extraordinary life. In her roles as both a litigator and a judge, she left an indelible mark on the American legal system. She was born in […]
  • Rosh HaShanah Drash: 9.20.2020 - By Avi Soifer In a time of crisis: “Don’t just stand there, do something!”—A response, I think from Truah: Don’t just do something, stand there. I think of the ancient religions of Mesopotamia: “[T]he sign of the god or goddess is the capacity to raise the hand to the ear and hear what another is saying.” […]
  • Sof as a Community - By Sandra Z. Armstrong 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 of a lifetime. What is the point of life if we live it without giving […]
  • The Jewish Holidays following Yom Kippur - Friday evening, October 2 Erev Sukkot Saturday, October 3 Shabbat Sukkot Sunday, October 4 Sukkot Festival Day Monday-Friday, October 5-9 Chol HaMoed regular workdays during Sukkot. Friday evening, October 9 Shemini Atseret into Saturday October 10 Saturday night October 10 Simchat Torah – Holy day when we celebrate the Torah (ends at nightfall on Sunday, […]
  • Some Amusement - Humor from Les Rosenthal Q: Why didn’t thecomputerized shofar work on Rosh Hashanah? A: The rabbi didn’t buy enough RAM   “Shalom, and welcome to the atonement hotline. At the tone, please be a mensch, and unburden your soul by stating how you’ve wronged me.”   A Little Humor By Les Rosenthal & Sally Morgan […]
  • A beautiful version of Avinu Malkaenu. Enjoy! - Children Singing Avinu Malkenu
  • 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 […]
  • Forbidden Fruit, Rosh Hashanah, and Our Charge to Take Care of the World - Organic Torah, By Rabbi Nathan Margalit 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 it. It’s not just that after the eating of the fruit we humans could distinguish […]
  • Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz Has Passed Away (Baruch Dayan Emet) - By Dina Yoshimi 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 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 of Jewish life in Hawaii.” Meanwhile, Stephen King’s Later and Bill Martin Jr.’s Chicka Chicka […]
  • Creating a Joyful and Sacred Space for the High Holy Days - By Dina Yoshimi 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 explaining to your children’s teachers why they have to miss a day of school for […]
  • Reading Torah on Zoom with a Traumatic Brain Injury - By Tamar Ramos 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 is like playing an instrument and for me that happens to be the guitar. During […]
  • High Holy Days Message From Our President - By Sandra Z. Armstrong 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. First and foremost, it is my utmost gratitude for your membership to Congregation Sof Ma’arav. […]