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

The Moon

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 17, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. When you look outside tonight up at the night sky, there is much you will see as your eyes search the heavens. The stars, clouds, and the milky way form a canopy of darkness and light. You will also see a […]
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Blessing and/or Curse

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 10, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection on our way toward Shabbat. Our Torah portion begins with the words: See, I have set before you blessing and curse…  (Deut 11:26) This instruction is like an overture that presents a musical phrase or theme that will be repeated chapters later in a more grand elaborated style. […]
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If

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 3, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Blessings do not only happen to good, moral people. And curses can befall anyone, the wicked and the moral alike. So, what is our portion trying to teach us when it lays out the positive consequences of loving and serving God with all […]
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Oiy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 27, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as you move toward Shabbat. Israel is under attack from Gaza. Rockets ordered by Hamas leaders torch the skies and have mostly been met by the Iron Dome. Explosives attached to kites glide onto fields and ignite fires. Frightened children rush into shelters. Israel responds and retaliates in […]
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Sorry

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 20, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. If you want to learn how to apologize, do not look to our national leaders. Instead, read what the 12 boys plus one coach of the soccer team offered when they emerged from the hospital. They apologized to their parents, the world community, […]
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Promise?

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 13, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Adonai, open up our lips and our mouths shall declare your praise. These words from the Psalms set an intention for the beginning of the middle section of the service called the Amidah. They provide a framework and challenge as we engage in […]
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Inclusivity

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 6, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. It was time to divide the land. Though the Israelites remained in the wilderness and had not yet arrived to their ultimate destination, God wanted Moses to assess and register the descendants of the Israelites who came out of the […]
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Zero Intolerance

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 29, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.   Zero Intolerance.   History does not remember well a leader of his people who rallied fear against outsiders. In this week’s Torah portion, the Israelites continued their trek and had to travel through territories controlled by other peoples. In last […]
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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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