- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On September 4, 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.
The High Holy Days are approaching and filled with references to God. The liturgy assumes God’s presence but for so many of us, the language can be troubling. Each year, I remind myself what I do and do not believe about God. It draws me closer as I prepare for these holy days. I invite you into my process and thoughts as a way to encourage you to write what you believe and don’t believe about God. If you are willing, share them with me. Perhaps, we can create a group to explore God together.
Here’s what I don’t believe about God:
- Man or male
- Has body parts
- Akin to Santa Claus who knows when I am asleep and knows when I’m awake-that’s creepy
- Has an army
- Speaks with the same words as humans do
That God is exiled from my theology.
Here’s what I do believe about God:
- Any words for God are placeholders for that which cannot be expressed in words
- God is like love that can be felt and experienced but has no physical entity
- I prefer words like Force, Presence, Energy, Power, Sacred, Divine
- A Connection to that which is more than I am—much more than I am
- God existed before me, during me, and will eternally after my body is no longer on this earth.
- The holiness of our souls has a sacred relationship with the Divine
- God moves through us, with us, and because of us
- God is a source of strength for me
- I am humbled by the presence of God
This is the God, the Force/Presence/Power/Energy/Sacred and Divine, who helps to give meaning to my life.
- 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 .
- 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.
- Explore our interactive library of High Holy Day materials
- Sign up for virtual small group sessions during Elul and on the holidays themselves
- See the full schedule of virtual High Holy Day services