- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On July 31, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way towards Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE.
We tried. We really did. We had been in Egypt. As slaves. Tormented by taskmasters, we could only taste oppression. We longed for a different life. One with hope. One with the promise from ancient tales. The storytellers ignited our imaginations and longing of a god who spoke to our ancestors with a pledge to be present in their lives. We knew of no such god. And then, Moses came along. Who knew that the same child cast into a basket with the hope of sparing his life would one day save all of ours? He introduced us to this god whose power would be like an outstretched arm to escort us to a different life. Remembered at last. And so we assembled. We took what we could. We left in haste. With the choice of slavery or freedom, could there be any choice? We reached the other side. Deliverance. Glory. Dancing. This god was different. A God of all gods. We arrived to the mountain. Our newfound freedom received structure with a magnificent teaching. But, we couldn’t let go of the past. We feared starvation and craved the delicious food that filled our bellies as slaves. It didn’t matter if it really did. Our imaginations frightened us and made us ache for that which we thought we once had. Even idols. While we waited for Moses to return from the mountain, we built and danced around a shiny golden calf like god figure. A god we could see and touch and make ourselves. That is what we ached for. To have exactly what we thought we wanted. And then there was water. Moses demanded it from a rock. A rock!? It changed everything. Moses would not lead us all the way to the land God promised us. Each time we yearned for something we wanted but did not necessarily need, it did not work out in
One generation rises up as another has taken its turn. How do we do what is right? How do we contain our ravenous yearning for that which we do not possess? How do we hold in our hearts that which we cannot see or touch or comprehend? We say this to you, the generations to come: Try, too, to take the words of the teaching of Torah to heart:
Do not yearn for that which you do not possess but rather take utmost care to guard your soul. (based of Deuteronomy 6:18)
You have been given a grand way to live your life through Torah. Love it. Embrace it. Ensure you can bestow it upon the generations after you. We tried. You should, too.
- Tonight at 6:00 p.m., we celebrate Shabbat virtually from the TI Garden, where members of the TI Clergy will lead Qabbalat Shabbat “together”, while physically distanced. We can pray together HERE on the Temple Israel website, or HERE on Zoom, or even HERE on TI’s Facebook page. You can find it all on the website www.tisrael.org/TogetherWithTI .
- Riverway Shabbat ReCharge will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. Join HERE.
- The Village gathers at 5:00 p.m. for a Shabbat story and blessings HERE.
- Torah study engages everyone. We start with a short Shabbat morning service at 9:00 a.m. with Torah reading and then launch into a provocative discussion. BYOBagel! To join the conversation interactively, access HERE to Zoom. You will be amazed by how well and easy it is to participate and comment. You can also watch HERE on Temple Israel’s website or HERE on TI’s Facebook page.
- Celebrate Shabbat as a family with TGIS with Wayne Potash at 10:00 a.m. HERE.
- Mark the end of Shabbat together with Havdalah at 8:00 p.m. Join us interactively HERE on Zoom, or watch along on the website HERE, or on Facebook HERE.
We have a robust resource page on our website HERE. It contains organizations and places to find assistance. As always, we are here to help.
How are you doing? Connect with me HERE.