- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On September 14, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection on our way to Shabbat and this week, for the middle of the Days of Awe.
On Rosh Hashanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed. (from Unetaneh Tokef)
But what happens in between? During these days from the dawn of the New Year to the significance of our day of atoning, we are in a vulnerable time. The declaration from Unetaneh Tokef that takes us from one holy day to the next 10 days later provides a litany of what might happen: who will live and who shall die…who by fire and who by water…who will be humbled and who exalted. These days in between call our attention to the uncertainty of our existence. They also summon us to be aware of those around us.
This is why I share with you the magnificent work of our team of lay leaders who have designed a path of awareness and action called #10Days10Ways. Over 1000 people, from our congregation and from all over the country are participating, join the Facebook group HERE. The teaching for today follows:
The Economic Justice Working Group of the Racial Justice Initiative is an effort to promote purchasing from Black-owned businesses and Impact Investing. This project is anchored in our awareness of insidious past and present racial discrimination; and in the evidence that Black-owned businesses are likely to hire Black people, and foster economic improvement for Black families and communities along with myriad other benefits. When we make a meaningful effort to align our spending practices and financial choices, with our hopes for the world around us, we are participating in the drive for economic justice.
- Support a local Black entrepreneur by purchasing a small gift you will have on-hand the next time you’re invited to dinner. Below are some suggestions of Black female-owned businesses. Check out a longer list here.
Not from Boston? Research local Black businesses in your area.
- Read the article about Fresh Food Generation and food access in underserved neighborhoods (quick read).
- Take a moment to pause and reflect on how you are investing your money. Read this article to learn more about impact investing. Think about changes you might be able to make with your invested money so that it improves lives and the planet (quick read).
Deep dive discussion prompts:
- Reflect on the connections between race, racism, and access to nutritious, good-tasting food. What seeds of a solution are represented in the story about Fresh Food Generation?
- What steps have you taken in the past year in terms of your intentions to make more conscious choices about your own money-spending and eating habits? How have you missed the mark?
Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah!
Qabbalat Shabbat begins at 6:00 p.m. Live stream HERE. Torah Study begins at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow with a short service followed by a lively discussion. Kol Nidrei begins Tuesday night, information about the High Holy Days can be found HERE.
I look forward to your thoughts and reflections, please send them to me directly HERE.