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Breathe: Yom Kippur 2021 Drash

By Alan Kosansky

A child blowing a shofar

On Yom Kippur, we read from the Machzor, “what we do this day can change our lives.” What we do from this moment until the shofar blows tomorrow night can change our lives.
This year, as last… Continue reading

Drash for Ki Tavo 5781

By Gregg Kinkley

Sometimes, being assigned a drash rather than waiting for one you intentionally select ends up being a boon rather than a burden.  That was certainly the case here.  I had two preconceptions about this important… Continue reading

Sof High Holy Days Schedule – 5782 (תשפ”ב)

At this time the final makeup of services has not been determined. All services will be available on zoom. President Sandra Armstrong will send out information about live participation in the services shortly before high holy days begin.

Rosh HaShanah… Continue reading

Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers

Off-Island Sof’ers


Sof Snowbirds on the Go

September 1, 2021

By Les Rosenthal

In the early evening of August 21st, Pat and I, with Kerri, our youngest daughter, her husband, Dan, their kids Sloane 3 and Maeve 1, for Pat’s… Continue reading

Recent Sof Drashes

Drasha Ki Teitzei

September 1, 2021

By R Daniel Lev

Rabbi Kalonymos Kalmish Shapira Like a number of rabbinically-inspired parshiot, this one will take a circuitous route from the first pasuk / sentence through a number of apparently unrelated ideas until it finally lands… Continue reading

Levinson-Krupp Library

Temple E Levinson-Krupp Library Header

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… Continue reading

Sof History from Mat Sgan – Torah and Taro & Honey and Poi

Torah and Taro


Praise for Torah and Taro

February 10, 2021

Professor Edwin Yamauchi (B.A. UHM; M.A. and Ph.D. Brandeis University) Professor of Emeritus of History at Miami University of Ohio writes:

“I received and read Torah and Taro: Jewish… Continue reading

From the Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader

From Lorna Holmes


Dos Yam-Medele: Yiddish Little Mermaid

September 1, 2021

The stories of Hans Christian Anderson, originally written in Danish and translated into more than one hundred languages, are among the world’s most… Continue reading

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Stuart H. Scott: A Tribute

(Dec. 7, 1948 – July 15, 2021)

 By Carolann Biederman & Seth Markow

Stuart was a member of Sof Ma’arav for many years. His son Sean was a Bar Mitzvah at Sof in 2005.… Continue reading

Some Amusement

Some Humor

September 1, 2021

A Jewish woman in a hospital says to the doctor that she wants to be transferred. The doctor says, “What is it, the food?” She says, “The food is fine. I can’t kvetch.” “Is it… Continue reading

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