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note: This post is the first in a new project: a series of reflections on the Nefesh HaChayim by Rabbi Chayim of Volozhin. I will not be posting these reflections to other lists (including TheTisch and Shefa), and invite you to subscribe to this email list by sending a blank email torcNefeshHaChayimlist-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  This will not be a comprehensive translation, but rather reflections on excerpts of a powerful Jewish text written by a passionate Jewish leader.  _________________________________________
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Nefesh HaChayim 1:1 - Language and Meaning (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Nefesh HaChayim (1:1): In the Torah, it is written "And God (Elohim) created the human, in the image of God (Elohim) did God create the human (Gen. 1:27)" and similarly it is written "for in the image of God (Elohim) was the human created. (Gen. 9:6)"  Here is the deepest, innermost, meaning of the concept of image ('tzelem'). ...The words…

Winter Update from NorCal Ramah

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October 2011
Tishrei 5772  
L'shanah tovah!A new year has begun, and our efforts to bring Camp Ramah to Northern California have been reenergized, not so much by the new year itself, but by the NorCal board meeting we had over the summer. "Big deal," you might say. But it was a big deal, because we met at Camp Ramah in Ojai. We arrived on Visitors' Day in time to see campers and their families enjoying the beautiful afternoon on "the hill." At the conclusion of these festivities, our board spent the evening meeting with a variety of camp luminaries:Rabbi Joe Menashe, Camp Ramah's Executive Director; Ilana Meskin, the Board President; Rabbi Mitch Cohen, Director of the National Ramah commission; and Julia Riseman, our newMentor/Consultant from the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy (a Program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation). Each of these indi…

Upcoming CNS Speakers and Programs!!

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Events & Speakers at CNS!

November 10, 7pm Race, Jews and Power: A conversation with David Mamet CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS In connection with West Coast premiere of Mamet's Play "Race," at American Conservatory Theatre, and hosted by CNS! Pulitzer Prize-winning  playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director David Mamet, engages in conversation with Dan Schifrin, writer-in-residence of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Copies of Mamet's "The Wicked Son" and "Five Cities of Refuge" will be available for purchase and signing after the conversation. November 17, 7:30pm Jay Michaelson, Author of "God vs. Gay"  Jay Michaelson is a writer, scholar, and activist whose work addresses the intersections of religion, sexuality, spirituality, and law.  His newest book is God vs. Gay?  The Religious Case for Equality, will be published in October, 2011, by Beacon Press.  Jay is is the author of three other books and over 200 articles, essays, a…

Huffpost: "Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: The Morality of Redeeming Captives: Gilad Shalit and the Talmud"

Huffpost: "Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: The Morality of Redeeming Captives: Gilad Shalit and the Talmud"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-bradley-shavit-artson/talmud-and-gilad-shalit-redeeming-captives_b_1027552.html

On Oct. 11, Israel's government made international headlines when it agreed to release more than 1,000 violent prisoners to obtain the release of Sergeant Gilad Shalit, who had been kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years (without any of the rights granted under the Geneva Convention for a captured soldier). His release was a cause for relief and joy throughout Israel, Jewish communities around the world, and for those moved by the humanitarian concerns of his family and friends.

But simple joy at a young soldier's release is not the only emotion friends of democracy in the Middle East feel today. Along with pent-up relief comes a sense of foreboding -- that such a disproportionate exchange may be seen as a reward to Hamas violence, en…

Nov 10 in Berkeley: "Race, Jews and Power": A conversation with David Mamet

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Race, Jews and Power:  A conversation with David Mamet Thursday, Nov. 10th, 7pm Hosted by Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
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Where: Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

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Thursday November 10, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
Add to my calendar In connection with West Coast premiere of Mamet's Play "Race," at American Conservatory Theatre, and hosted by Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.  
Pulitzer Prize-winning  playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director David Mamet, engages in conversation with Dan Schifrin, writer-in-residence of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Copies of Mamet's "The Wicked Son" and "Five Cities of Refuge" will be available for purchase and signing after the conversation.  Click here to purchase Tickets!


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Race, Jews and Power: A conversation with David Mamet - Nov 10th in Berkeley

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From: CNS Cultural Events
Having trouble viewing this email? Click here Race, Jews and Power:  A conversation with David Mamet Thursday, Nov. 10th, 7pm Hosted by Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
Click here to purchase tickets!
Where: Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Driving Directions

When:
Thursday November 10, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
Add to my calendar In connection with West Coast premiere of Mamet's Play "Race," at American Conservatory Theatre, and hosted by Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.  
Pulitzer Prize-winning  playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director David Mamet, engages in conversation with Dan Schifrin, writer-in-residence of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Copies of Mamet's "The Wicked Son" and "Five Cities of Refuge" will be available for purchase and signing after the conversation.  Click here to purchase Tickets!

Save the dates! Upcoming Events at Netivot Shalom!

Upcoming Events at Netivot Shalom!November 17: Jay Michaelson, Author of "God vs. Gay"Jay Michaelson is a writer, scholar, and activist whose work addresses the intersections of religion, sexuality, spirituality, and law.  His newest book is God vs. Gay?  The Religious Case for Equality, will be published in October, 2011, by Beacon Press.  Jay is is the author of three other books and over 200 articles, essays, and works of fiction.  He is the Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches, a Contributing Editor to the Forward newspaper, and Founding Editor of Zeek magazine.  His work on behalf of sexual minorities in religious communities has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and NPR, as well as several anthologies. November 19, 8pm: Josh Kornbluth performs "Love and Taxes" CNS member Josh Kornbluth is a comedic autobiographical monologuist who has written and starred in several feature films, and starred in a television interview show. Love and Taxes is one of …

from SF JCHS Head Rabbi Howard Rubin: "Gilad: The Mystery of Relief and Fear"

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October 18, 2011
Gilad: The Mystery of Relief and FearRabbi Howard RubenLast night as we sat in our Sukkah to welcome the sixth day of the festival, we followed the mystical tradition of welcoming 'virtual guests' from Jewish history into the Sukkah. Last night, the biblical Joseph led the guest list. Joseph is known not only for his coat of many colors, but also for being held captive and, ultimately, released and reunited with his family.And last night in the Sukkah we used our smart-phones to stay virtually connected to events in Israel around the pending release of Gilad Shalit from five years of isolated captivity at the hands of Hamas. We prayed that Gilad, like the biblical Joseph, be safely released and, in time, reunited with his family.And now that Gilad is free, I celebrate in my heart with his family.The deal for Gilad's release has stirred up many emotions for Israelis and those who care for Israel around the world. JCHS students discussed the terms of the exch…