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  • 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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  • Drash on Parsha Kedoshim - 4.24.21 By Avi Soifer Rocks and Roles [and Rules] for the Chosen People As usual, I have three main themes: 1. A Hard Place;  2. Amos;  3. Kedoshim They suggest concentric circles in both our empathy and in our law. But I begin with a lingering question. Why in the world is it Jewish custom […]
  • 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 […]
  • Media to Check Out - From Lorna Holmes Menschwarmers – they talk about Jews in sports. Just for the name, it’s worth it. https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-nba-reckons-with-anti-semitism/id1458111229?i=1000512945382   From Jay Friedheim and Bea Haymer A Pirate Passover https://youtu.be/VQON0ipv6iI It’s #Passover​ on the high seas, mates! We couldn’t help but dive right in to the sea shanty craze — especially once we realized how […]
  • Parasha Tetzaveh - by Morris Rabinko March 27, 2021 “You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – Your next stop” . . . my drash. Imagine, if you will, a […]
  • 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 […]