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History & Responsibility

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 31, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection on our way toward Shabbat. The strategy of this week’s Torah portion is clear. Follow the way of Torah and all will go well. If not, failure, indignity, and loss await. The picture painted can either be bleak or beautiful, but not both. I joined members of our […]
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Wronged

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 24, 2019
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Women have been wronged. Children have been wronged as well. That means that everyone not in the above two categories have also been aggrieved. No one is left untouched in the destructive legislation concerning abortions—especially, of course, women’s bodies, which have been viewed as the property of government. This week’s Torah portion, Behar, has something […]
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Exempt

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 17, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we head toward Shabbat. When rules and laws apply to some and not to others, chaos ensues. Therefore the law should be equally applied in all circumstances. No exceptions. Today, and in ancient times. Our Torah portion this week offers the following instruction: You shall have one […]
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Destiny

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 10, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. The Talmud (Shevuot 39a) insists: Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, Which means all of Israel are responsible for each other. This formative piece of Jewish literature and law did not know from a country. It understood what responsibility each individual Jew has toward […]
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Fear Turned Into Awe

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 3, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This last week has been frightening, terrifying even. From Poway, California to the New York Times to Yom Hashoah, our yearly remembrance of the Holocaust, rocked whatever hopeful high we may have had from the experience of Passover. The crumbs of matzah hadn’t […]
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That Cup of Coffee from Ethiopia Comes with a Story

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • On May 2, 2019
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By Evan I. Schwartz Some entrepreneurs have to rise above greater obstacles than others. Nefisa Siraj owns Cini Coffee in Brighton, which imports coffee beans from her native Ethiopia, the land where the coffee plant originated and was discovered by a legendary goatherder in the ninth century. As a mother of four who arrived in […]
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