- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On July 17, 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.
This is a melancholy time of year. I don’t need to hear the statistics, as informative as they are, to know that people feel unease, apprehension and disquiet. The questions outnumber the answers about the future.
The Jewish calendar reflects the despondent state of things. It is the year at its lowest because of what we remember at this time. Thousands of years have passed since the breach of the Temple wall by the Babylonians, which then began the path to the destruction of the Temple. And we still recall the depths of despair. We are in the nadir, caught in the moment of sadness that takes us to Tisha B’Av, the day of commemoration of much of what has brought devastation to the Jewish people such as the destruction of the Temple—both times.
We read from the prophet, Jeremiah, this week who spoke from a place of abandonment accusing the people of apostasy, individually and communally. His world view connected behavior with despair as a way to call for an accounting and return. So that even in this depth of the darkness, there is hope that lights the path.
If you return, O Israel, declares the Eternal.
If you return to Me,
If you remove your abominations from My presence
And do not waver,
And swear, “As the Eternal lives,”
In sincerity, justice, and righteousness—
Nations shall bless themselves by you
And praise themselves by you. (Jeremiah 4:1-2)
It is the Jewish version likened to the movie, Groundhog Day, where the main character keeps waking up to the same day. Yet, with each awakening, he comes to see that he can alter his behavior and change the outcome.
We will not stay stuck in this moment in time. We will move forward as each day turns into the next. The melancholy is real and not just because of an ancient moment in time. And yet, even for this time we are in, the seeds of hope supported by sincerity, justice and righteousness will lead us to an alternative state of being. It will take willpower, our own behavior, and the support of one another.
- Tonight at 6:00 p.m., we gather together to share Qabbalat Shabbat. We can pray together HERE on the Temple Israel website, or HERE on Zoom, or even HERE on TI’s Facebook page. Or, just 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.
- Riverway Havadalah will take place Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Join HERE.