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Remembrance as a Survival Tactic in an Age of Hatred

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On September 24, 2017
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  • anti-semitisim, Genesis, High Holy Days, politics, Rabbi Jacobson, Rosh Hashanah, Sermon
Some call Rosh Hashanah Yom Hazikaron , “The Day of Remembrance.” In the Talmud, Rabbi Eliezer teaches: “On Rosh HaShana Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were remembered by God and conceived; on Rosh HaShana Joseph came out from prison; on Rosh HaShana our forefathers’ slavery in Egypt ceased.”(1) Today is the day when God keeps God’s […]
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Hagar and Isaac at the Well of Resilience; or #afterallthosethings

  • Posted by Jen Gubitz
  • On September 22, 2017
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Riverway Project, Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778, Rabbi Jen Gubitz When she noticed a man approaching her tent, she saw that he was thin with a modest set of shoulders that hunched a bit, but exuded strength. And a soft jawline. She knew that jawline, that kind face. Could it really be? It had been so […]
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Zero

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 25, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings.  This week I offer the words I spoke at the Qabbalat Shabbat Service following the Interfaith gathering: When we count with our voices or for anything, we start 1, 2, 3 and so on.  This week’s Torah portion reminds us of the importance of zero. It contains a command that starts […]
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Giants

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 16, 2017
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. What makes some people view a challenge as an exciting opportunity while others recoil in hesitancy and fear? This week’s Torah portion takes us to that spot between possibility and pessimism.   As the Jewish people made its way from slavery to freedom […]
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Taking on Criminal Justice Reform and Growing Our Power to Seek Justice

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • On June 1, 2017
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by Ruth Klepper & Barbara Berke   LEVITICUS 25:10. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.   On May 18, […]
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My Immigration Story

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On May 4, 2017
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[At the culmination of a congregational trip to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, I shared the following story at the office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey in support of legislation calling for immigration reform.]   Our Jewish tradition urges us to welcome and protect the stranger. In Leviticus, the text commands us to love […]
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Trump is President and We are Awake

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On January 20, 2017
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  • Exodus, politics
    Today is Friday, January 20th, 2017. Today Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. This Shabbat, Jews everywhere read parashat shemot, our book of freedom. The book that gives us the image of a parted sea, a mixed multitude crossing together in song. The book that gives […]
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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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Ecclesiastes for a Bat Mitzvah

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On October 22, 2016
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This morning I officiated at the b’not mitzvah (note: plural, feminine Hebrew) of two incredible young women. Trying to be clever, I updated Ecclesiastes’ famous “To everything there is a season” poem so that it would speak to a 13 year old. Some where along the line I realized that maybe this speaks to us all… _________________________________________________________________________________________ […]
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GUEST POST : Rachel Simon, Library Intern

  • Posted by Ann Abrams
  • On August 10, 2016
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I’m delighted to introduce Rachel Simon, a student at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, and an intern in the Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center this summer! Rachel has assisted me in numerous ways, including: working on resources for the Religious School’s curriculum,  responding to reference requests, cataloguing books, films and […]
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