Lynley Shimat Lys

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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?… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Sof Book Club Schedule

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If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir 

 

Ilana Kurshan

 

 

Non-fiction. Author’s connection to Daf Yomi, the… Continue reading

Some Amusement

A Little Humor

From Sid Goldstein & Lorna Holmes

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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… Continue reading

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.… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Sof Simchas

B’Sha’ah Tovah!

November 29, 2020

Two people holding a new baby

Marc and Alice Flitter are happy to welcome a second grandson, Theodore Martin Ehrlich, born to daughter and son-in-law Caroline and Steve Ehrlich.

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A New Bimah Cover

November 3, 2020

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Here… Continue reading

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