- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On May 5, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.
This week in the Jewish calendar, we turn our attention to Israel. On Monday, we marked Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, a day remembering fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, and on Tuesday we marked Israel’s independence, Yom Ha’atzma’ut, which was granted 69 years ago.
In honor of Israel, I share with you this prayer by Anat Hoffman, Executive Director at the Israel Religious Action Center, whom we have welcomed at Temple Israel many times in the past.
In this sacred moment, give us hope for Israel and her future.
Renew our wonder at the miracle of the Jewish State.
In the name of the pioneers who made the deserts bloom – give us the tools to cultivate a diversity of Jewish expression in Israel.
In the name of our fallen soldiers – give us courage to stand up to the words and ways of zealots. Those in our own midst and those among our neighbors.
In the name of Israeli inventors who have amazed the world with their innovations – help us apply the same ingenuity to finding a path to peace.
In the name of all these women and men – grant us the strength to conquer doubt and despair in Israel.
Replacing doubt with action.
Replacing despair with hope.
And let us say: Amen.
I look forward to greeting you at Qabbalat Shabbat at 6 p.m. Live stream HERE.
Our 6th graders are celebrating Shabbat away at Camp Eisner at a Kallah.
Torah study begins at 9 a.m. with a short service followed by a lively discussion.
I welcome your thoughts and reflections HERE.