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Biennial

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 8, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. I am participating in our Reform movement’s Biennial gathering held here in Boston joined by dozens of TI folks. It’s a wonderful equation for a vibrant and actively engaged present and future. At the same time, we all are paying close attention to Israel. The Union […]
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By Force

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 1, 2017
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection. It’s an ancient problem that won’t go away. Recent articles have spoken about it as if it’s a realization not considered until a mere few centuries ago. But it goes back much further than that. Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, chief of the country, saw her, […]
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Influence

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 24, 2017
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we enter Shabbat. We have arrived to the turning point in the life of Jacob. Last week, we witnessed his early years marked by birthright and blessing acquisition obtained by unsavory means. He negotiated the birthright away from his brother Esau over a bowl of stew. […]
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Well, well!

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 17, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This week’s Torah portion, Toldot, begins with the birth of Isaac’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau, and their negotiation regarding the birthright, and the lifesaving stew. The portion ends with the complicated matter of Jacob receiving the blessing instead of Esau. Right in […]
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Prayer Plus

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 10, 2017
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection in preparation for Shabbat. According to the Talmud, the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, instituted the idea of praying three times a day.  (Berachot 26b) In this week’s portion, we learn how Isaac initiated the idea of praying in the afternoon. This section of the Torah revolves […]
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From the Ground Up Shabbat Awakenings 5778 Vayera

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 3, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. I have spent many hours in the past days looking down at the ground. I, along with a couple hundred other bike riders, including four TI folks*, are making our way from Jerusalem to Eilat. We are raising money for two […]
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#SarahToo Shabbat Awakenings 5778 Lech Lecha

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 27, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. It isn’t an ancient story. We know this from the news reports and too many personal experiences. Hollywood and the film industry join a long list of how power and predators are a dangerous combination, especially as it concerns the objectification of women. […]
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How to Build an Ark

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 20, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflections as we make our way toward Shabbat. We are storytellers, all of us, raconteurs of experiences and episode. We tell stories to explain what we understand but also what we don’t understand. Religious traditions are founded on the search for truths buried deep in ancient layers. Take the […]
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A Seamless Circle Shabbat Awakenings 5778 B’reisheet

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 13, 2017
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. The Torah ends and begins again without a breath even, a seamless circle of continuity. On Simchat Torah this past Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we read the last word of Deuteronomy, Yisrael, and then continued directly with the first word of […]
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Love 2.0 author unknown

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 6, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way to Shabbat.   I share with you a piece I read at the Purple Service on Yom Kippur day. The author is unknown but the sentiment is worthy for all of us to consider as we move into the rest of the year. […]
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