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Do We Belong Here?

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 25, 2016
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings. A stranger or a resident? Is it possible to be both? Abraham referenced himself in this way in this week’s Torah portion. Sarah, his wife, had died. After mourning her, Abraham needed to bury her. He went to the Hittites, the people who lived in the land of Canaan, to purchase […]
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“Justice in Motion” Shabbat Awakenings 5777 Vayera

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 18, 2016
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a way to reflect and prepare as we move toward Shabbat. “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery, rather than avenge it?” With an “aching heart” Eleanor Roosevelt wrote these words after visiting with survivors from German concentration camps in a displaced persons camp. […]
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A Post-Election Reflection: Still Becoming American Jews

  • Posted by Matt Soffer
  • On November 15, 2016
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As many of you know, the history of our congregation has been written beautifully by Susan Porter, Lisa Davis, and Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan, in their work entitled Becoming American Jews.  It’s a book you can judge by its title. It tells our story; it reminds us that when we say “our story,” we are not talking […]
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Sacred Values-a Post Election Reflection

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 11, 2016
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings! Sir Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of England, wrote a book about and entitled, the Dignity of Difference. It expresses a truth that in order for civilizations and communities to thrive, we must celebrate our differences. He speaks of the positive outcome of the Tower of Babel when the people are […]
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Surviving the Babble (And this Election)

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On November 5, 2016
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  • Clergy, Election, Genesis, Rabbi Jacobson
  This sermon was delivered at Temple Israel on Friday, November 4th, 2016.  I’m quite terrible at learning languages. Nothing causes me more panic than staring slack jawed at a well meaning foreign speaker. Or that empty headed feeling when I can’t remember the right vocabulary. I enjoy eloquence. I married an English professor and […]
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Chaos

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 4, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. It is good to see the topic of the Sabbath on the front page of The Boston Globe on Wednesday (Nov. 2 “On the Seventh Day, Many Don’t Rest At All). During these past days, weeks, and months so much chaos has […]
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