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Shabbat Awakenings: The Counting Begins

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 29, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Each moment in history has its significance. I am moved by this moment in time. During these past two weeks norms have been shattered in all directions and different opinions have been aired. Wherever we may find ourselves and however we may […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: From the Outside In

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 22, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. In the Torah this week, we read about the King of Moab who commissions Balaam, a prophet-seer, to curse the Israelites as they continue their trek toward the land of Canaan. From the ruler’s vantage point, the Jewish people appeared formidable in […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 15, 2016

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 15, 2016
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  Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings,” a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. After all of the events of last week, from Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Dallas, I wanted to turn toward hope this week. But I don’t think we are there yet. Grief and mourning course through our cities and towns. […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 8, 2016

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 8, 2016
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  Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings!” Each Friday, I will be sending you a reflection or thought with which to approach Shabbat as a way to stir up awareness of the potential of this day. Shabbat offers us the chance to turn inward to nourish our inner life so that we have the strength and […]
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The Seventh Person from the Left

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 5, 2016
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In Memory of Elie Wiesel He is the seventh person from the left. All of them are gaunt men, younger and older, staring into the camera. Squeezed onto the planks that are supposed to serve as a place to sleep in the prisoner barracks of the concentration camp. But this iconic picture is a picture […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 1, 2016

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 1, 2016
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  Each Friday, I will be sending you a reflection or thought with which to approach Shabbat. Abraham Joshua Heschel, philosopher and theologian, taught us that there is such a concept as a sanctuary in time in which we can enter. Shabbat allows us that space “to turn from the world of creating to the […]
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I Am With You

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 1, 2016
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As I begin to serve as senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston, I want to share with you what I told the congregation on the eve of my selection for this great honor.   Nafshi keshora nafshecha My soul is bound up with yours These words are part of the Joseph narrative Describing the […]
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