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  • March 2022 Drash Schedule - Date Parsha Drash March 5 Pekudei Sandra Armstrong March 12 Vayikra (Shabbat Zachor) Dina Yoshimi March 19 Tzav TBD March 26 Shmini (Shabbat  Parah) Marc Flitter

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  • Tradition and Change - Pekudei Drash by Sandra Z. Armstrong When I taught preschool, I explained to the children the concept of same and different. It is a pretty elementary school basic concept and easily understood by most. These 3-5 year olds could grasp it but we as adults are now struggling with the reality. The last time we […]
  • From My Jewish Learning - Reprinted with permission from My Jewish Learning Jewish Humor What Makes It So Popular? March 2, 2022 The Torah tells us that Sarah, the matriarch of the Jewish people, laughed when told she’d give birth in her old age. Since that moment, it seems, Jews have continued laughing — at themselves and their predicaments, at […]
  • Sof Book Club News - Calendar and Reading List 2022 – Held Sundays on Zoom March 2, 2022  Date  Author   Book & Info 1/30/22 Elinor Lipman The Inn at Lake Devine | Novel: It is funny and makes a great point about Jewish restricted entry to an inn. 3/13/22 Irving Abella and Harold Troper None is too many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 | […]
  • From the Yiddish Book Center - The Yiddish Book Center Weekly Reader From Lorna Holmes March 2022 Glikl and her Sisters: The Creative Lives of 17th-Century Jewish Women— A new online course, March 8–29, 2022 Held on Zoom, the class will meet on four consecutive Tuesdays: March 8, March 15, March 22, and March 29, 2022 7pm–8:15pm Eastern Time (March 8 […]
  • Some Amusement - March 2, 2022 From Sid Goldstein and Les Rosenthal Leventhal the lawyer and Cohen the doctor meet in synagogue on Shabbos. “Leventhal, you don’t know how lucky you are. Every time I come here to pray, people hound me with their medical problems. This one has stomach trouble. That one has back pain. Everybody wants […]
  • Sofʻer Profiles - Remembrances of Naomi Olstein March 2, 2022 Memories of Naomi By Mat Sgan Naomi ‘Ami’ Olstein has returned to her grandfather’s knee. It was from that perch, Ami would relate, that she learned about Jewishness and Judaism while bouncing up and down to the rhythm and reason of the sages of the Talmud.  Such experiences […]
  • Recent Sof Drashes - Remember Before We Were Born March 2, 2022 Mishpatim Drash by Morris Rabinko When my two daughters were not quite yet 4 and 7 years old, I overheard them talking from outside their room one day. The older one said to the younger one, “Do you remember when I was younger and you weren’t born […]
  • Contribute to the Monthly Sof Newsletter - Do you have news, stories, comments, or suggestions? Contact Sid Goldstein, Communications Chair. We are seeking stories and news from ALL members of the Congregation. Please send any item you’d like to see in the next Newsletter to Sid Goldstein by the 25th of this month. Thanks to everyone who contributed to previous newsletters.
  • Parshah Terumah - Drash by Marc Flitter To place Parshah Terumah in context, Moses has ascended to the mount. He is to be there 40 days and 40 nights. And God commands, “They shall make me a sanctuary so that I might dwell among them.” There is no ambiguity in that verse. Instead it is a divine rationale […]
  • Ki Tissa—Drash by Sid Goldstein - Shabbat Shalom Exodus 4 :10  Moses said to the lord. “I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” And the Lord said to him “Who gives a man speech ?Who makes him dumb., deaf or blind? Is it not I […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sofʻers Get Creative - All About OLLI by Sid Goldstein December 1, 2021 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UH Manoa (OLLI-UHM) is a member-based learning community of adults age 50+. OLLI-UHM offers a program of non-credit, college-level courses, workshops, lectures, events, and other activities to encourage older individuals to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the […]
  • Snowbirds: Off-Island Sofʻers - Snowbirds at Sea December 1, 2021   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 31st time in Mt Rainier Nat’l Park, hiked 3.5 miles […]
  • Stories & Legends - By Reb Daniel Lev Reb Zalman’s Two Menorahs: A Hanukkah Tale November 30, 2021 The great Rebbe of San Francisco, Reb Zalman, had a curious practice that he engaged in on the eighth night of Hanukkah: As on all the other nights he would gather some of his Chassidim—students and friends—in the home he shared […]
  • Sof Drashes - Gut Yontif – Yom Kippur Drash October 1, 2021 By Alex Golub The High Holy Days are a time of teshuvah. Between the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the end of Yom Kippur we hope to have improved. And yet, there is a puzzle: Why do the people we read about on this holiday seem […]