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Thirst

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On March 30, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection to help us prepare for Shabbat, and this week, Pesach. This is a year to be thirsty, for truth, for respect of others, for a desire to live with integrity. It is with this thought in mind that I think about the idea of a cup of Miriam* […]
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For Such a Time as This

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On March 29, 2018
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  Friday, May 11, after Qabbalat Shabbat Alongside other GBIO congregations, Temple Israel is launching a series of community conversations “For Such a Time as This” from now through mid-May. We will hear from all parts of the temple what deeply concerns us so that together we build power to make a difference, both here […]
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“Stranger Things” and the Torah

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On March 26, 2018
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  • Teens, The Tent
Incorporating Netflix into Jewish Education Subbing a class of 8th graders is hard enough. Subbing a class of 8th graders the evening after “Stranger Things” Season 2 debuted on Netflix provided an added challenge I had not anticipated. How could I get this class to feel comfortable with me, respect me – their teacher for […]
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Passion

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On March 23, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Some of our most passionate Biblical personalities began their “careers” with little or no direction. Abraham received the call to go forward. We don’t even know if he had the land of Canaan on his life itinerary. The prophet Deborah (from the Book […]
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The Golden iPhone, from FaceTime to Face-to-Face Sacred Time

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On March 10, 2018
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Sparkling, shimmering, gleaming and glistening, they were drawn towards its vibrance. And so they gathered together and bowed down to worship the golden hued metal, their new God fashioned from all that was precious to them. Sparkling, shimmering, gleaming and glistening, they gathered together and bowed down to worship their new God… a golden iPhone […]
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Consider helping a Yazidi Refugee Family

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On February 27, 2018
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Please consider helping a Yazidi refugee family who has lived through an unspeakable nightmare. We’ve all seen the photographs of refugees being attacked in their villages by ISIS, living in unsanitary conditions in crowded camps, or huddled in small and shaky boats as they attempt to cross rivers or oceans. We mostly stand idly by […]
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Weigh In

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On February 9, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way to Shabbat. A Chasidic story with useful imagery: A man died and was brought before the Heavenly Court. When his wrongdoings and good deeds were placed on the scales, his transgressions far outweighed the good deeds he had done. Suddenly a fur […]
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Remembrance as a Survival Tactic in an Age of Hatred

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On September 24, 2017
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  • anti-semitisim, Genesis, High Holy Days, politics, Rabbi Jacobson, Rosh Hashanah, Sermon
Some call Rosh Hashanah Yom Hazikaron , “The Day of Remembrance.” In the Talmud, Rabbi Eliezer teaches: “On Rosh HaShana Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were remembered by God and conceived; on Rosh HaShana Joseph came out from prison; on Rosh HaShana our forefathers’ slavery in Egypt ceased.”(1) Today is the day when God keeps God’s […]
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Hagar and Isaac at the Well of Resilience; or #afterallthosethings

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On September 22, 2017
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Riverway Project, Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778, Rabbi Jen Gubitz When she noticed a man approaching her tent, she saw that he was thin with a modest set of shoulders that hunched a bit, but exuded strength. And a soft jawline. She knew that jawline, that kind face. Could it really be? It had been so […]
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Zero

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 25, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings.  This week I offer the words I spoke at the Qabbalat Shabbat Service following the Interfaith gathering: When we count with our voices or for anything, we start 1, 2, 3 and so on.  This week’s Torah portion reminds us of the importance of zero. It contains a command that starts […]
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