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Breaking the Moral Silence

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On February 17, 2018
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  • Clergy, gun violence, politics, Rabbi Jacobson, Shabbat, Torah
  (Sermon delivered on February 16, 2018, Temple Israel, Boston) (Image: Naples Daily News)   Take a moment of silence. Just one minute. Silence is a common human reaction to tragedy. A shocked silence. A silent grief. A desire to sit in silence to process a reality that has been shifted beyond recognition The silenced […]
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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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Trump is President and We are Awake

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On January 20, 2017
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  • Exodus, politics
    Today is Friday, January 20th, 2017. Today Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. This Shabbat, Jews everywhere read parashat shemot, our book of freedom. The book that gives us the image of a parted sea, a mixed multitude crossing together in song. The book that gives […]
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A Post-Election Reflection: Still Becoming American Jews

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On November 15, 2016
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As many of you know, the history of our congregation has been written beautifully by Susan Porter, Lisa Davis, and Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan, in their work entitled Becoming American Jews.  It’s a book you can judge by its title. It tells our story; it reminds us that when we say “our story,” we are not talking […]
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Surviving the Babble (And this Election)

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On November 5, 2016
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  • Clergy, Election, Genesis, Rabbi Jacobson
  This sermon was delivered at Temple Israel on Friday, November 4th, 2016.  I’m quite terrible at learning languages. Nothing causes me more panic than staring slack jawed at a well meaning foreign speaker. Or that empty headed feeling when I can’t remember the right vocabulary. I enjoy eloquence. I married an English professor and […]
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Ecclesiastes for a Bat Mitzvah

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On October 22, 2016
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This morning I officiated at the b’not mitzvah (note: plural, feminine Hebrew) of two incredible young women. Trying to be clever, I updated Ecclesiastes’ famous “To everything there is a season” poem so that it would speak to a 13 year old. Some where along the line I realized that maybe this speaks to us all… _________________________________________________________________________________________ […]
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Fly High and Stick the Landing

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  • On August 16, 2016
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D’var Torah delivered during Riverway Project‘s Soul Food Friday at Temple Israel of Boston, August 12, 2016 Rows upon rows, shelves upon shelves, rooms upon rooms of series, of titles, of tables of contents, of chapters, of pages of books in the Boston Public Library. I was browsing and searching for just the right titles, just […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: “Do As You Have Promised!”

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 5, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. “Do as you have promised,” is what Moses told the leaders of the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The Jewish people had made their way over the course of forty years toward the Jordan River. On the other side was the land […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: The Counting Begins

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 29, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Each moment in history has its significance. I am moved by this moment in time. During these past two weeks norms have been shattered in all directions and different opinions have been aired. Wherever we may find ourselves and however we may […]
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