Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Snakes

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 22, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. Complaining is a key leitmotif, a reoccurring theme, of the Book of Numbers. As our ancestors, the Israelites, march through the wilderness on a circuitous path, they engage in magical thinking, sure that slavery in Egypt could not outshine the […]
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Thirty

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 15, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings. This week, the portion is out of order. Two weeks ago, I shared with the Qabbalat Shabbat congregation my reflections on my anniversary of 30 years in the rabbinate. I offer them to you, here. I have been reflecting on graduations and milestones these days. Last week, we watched as […]
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Grasshoppers

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 8, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Last night, we gathered for our Annual Gathering, a wonderful celebration in the life of the congregation. I share with you an excerpt of what I said: “We can surely be uplifted! Aloh na’aleh!” is the theme for our Annual Gathering. These words […]
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Nostalgia

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 1, 2018
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Our minds play tricks on us. The distance of time and space deny us the reality of experience. As a result, we manufacture stories based on some of the truths of what we think we remember. The Israelites suffered a heavy dose of nostalgia in this week’s portion that led them down a grievous path […]
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Blessing for Free

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 25, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. I start with Buddhism and end with Judaism laid out on a path of loving kindness. Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism refer to the idea of loving kindness as metta.  It is not just a concept, but a practice rooted in a belief of […]
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Complex/Complicated

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 18, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. When I think of Israel and her neighbors, the two words that enter my description are complex and complicated. I say complicated because the situation there often feels like a tangled web of knots that seem impossibly difficult to unravel. What […]
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The Greatest

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 11, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings Years ago, Tom Brokaw wrote a book describing in detail those who fought in World War II. He detailed the tenacity, commitment, and courage of those raised during the depression, who went on to demonstrate their sense of purpose and patriotism.​ They sought triumph over despair. Brokaw called them the Greatest Generation, a […]
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Questions

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 4, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings! Questions are very much part of the national conversation these days. Questions are also part of the religious/spiritual conversation every day. Especially in Judaism. I don’t mean the Jewish age-old response of answering a question with a question. Or do I? The Torah asks profound questions in the midst of telling […]
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Torah’s Heart

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 27, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings! What if, when reading the Torah, we don’t begin at the moment of creation but go right to the Torah’s heart, to its very center? Where would we be? We would arrive to Leviticus 19:18:  Love your neighbor as yourself. It is in this week’s Torah portion, Kedoshim. In the Talmud […]
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The Bitter and the Sweet

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 20, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This week, we marked Israel Memorial Day followed by Israel Independence Day. Though we may not commemorate and celebrate as they do in Israel, the days still deserve our attention. They also serve as a reminder of one of life’s truths:  the […]
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