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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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A Testimony

  • Posted by Matt Soffer
  • On June 28, 2017
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Testimony before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Rabbi Matthew Soffer, Temple Israel of Boston Massachusetts State House June 20, 2017   I’d like to thank the Chairs, Sen. Barrett and Rep. Golden, as well as the Vice Chairs, Sen. Brady and Rep. Chan, and the members of this esteemed and essential Committee, […]
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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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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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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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Sinful but Saved by the Grace of God

  • Posted by Matt Soffer
  • On August 23, 2016
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Rabbi Soffer’s D’var Torah from 8/19/16 delivered at Temple Israel of Boston This week’s portion is called “V’etchanan,” and it offers a clear window into the fierce love between Moses, God, and the Israelites.  I say, “fierce love,” because that’s what we mean when we say, “Covenant,” or B’rit. Covenant is not an easygoing friendship.  […]
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Fly High and Stick the Landing

  • Posted by Jen Gubitz
  • On August 16, 2016
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D’var Torah delivered during Riverway Project‘s Soul Food Friday at Temple Israel of Boston, August 12, 2016 Rows upon rows, shelves upon shelves, rooms upon rooms of series, of titles, of tables of contents, of chapters, of pages of books in the Boston Public Library. I was browsing and searching for just the right titles, just […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: “Do As You Have Promised!”

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 5, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. “Do as you have promised,” is what Moses told the leaders of the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The Jewish people had made their way over the course of forty years toward the Jordan River. On the other side was the land […]
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