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Shabbat Awakenings: From the Outside In

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  • On July 22, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. In the Torah this week, we read about the King of Moab who commissions Balaam, a prophet-seer, to curse the Israelites as they continue their trek toward the land of Canaan. From the ruler’s vantage point, the Jewish people appeared formidable in […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 15, 2016

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  • On July 15, 2016
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  Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings,” a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. After all of the events of last week, from Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Dallas, I wanted to turn toward hope this week. But I don’t think we are there yet. Grief and mourning course through our cities and towns. […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 8, 2016

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  • On July 8, 2016
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  Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings!” Each Friday, I will be sending you a reflection or thought with which to approach Shabbat as a way to stir up awareness of the potential of this day. Shabbat offers us the chance to turn inward to nourish our inner life so that we have the strength and […]
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The Seventh Person from the Left

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 5, 2016
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In Memory of Elie Wiesel He is the seventh person from the left. All of them are gaunt men, younger and older, staring into the camera. Squeezed onto the planks that are supposed to serve as a place to sleep in the prisoner barracks of the concentration camp. But this iconic picture is a picture […]
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I Am With You

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  • On July 1, 2016
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As I begin to serve as senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston, I want to share with you what I told the congregation on the eve of my selection for this great honor.   Nafshi keshora nafshecha My soul is bound up with yours These words are part of the Joseph narrative Describing the […]
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The Cloud and the Trumpet

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  • On June 28, 2016
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D’var Torah Parashat B’ha-alot’cha June 24, 2015  |  18/19 Sivan 5776 The great Athenian, Thucydides, wrote of the obligations that he imposed upon himself in his quest for historical truth: “With reference to the narrative of events, far from permitting myself to derive it from the first source that came to hand, I did not […]
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Examining Our Practice of Giving

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  • On March 16, 2016
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Pekudei 5776: Finishing Exodus by Examining Our Practice of Giving (This blog was originally delivered as a sermon to the Riverway Project during Soul Food Friday on March 11, 2016) You know the feeling when you love a book so much that as the pages in your right hand get fewer and fewer, you begin getting […]
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Atem Nitzavim

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  • On September 11, 2015
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Atem Nitzavim: Mishkan HaNefesh’s Successful Navigation of Di-polar Theological Themes At the beginning of the summer, at a meeting of our clergy staff, we agreed that we would devote the month of Elul to an introduction to and exploration of our new Machzor, our new High Holy Day Prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh.  The word Mishkan is […]
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No Mention of Iran, Congress, or Nuclear Weapons

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  • On September 2, 2015
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The moon in the sky tonight will be full.  We should be able to see it in its entirety. And just as it waxed to wholeness, it will wane back to a sliver, only to start the cycle again.  But then, it will not only be a new moon.   It will be a new year […]
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A “Living” Prayer

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  • On September 1, 2015
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A “Living” Prayer: Elul as Preparation for a Meaningful High Holiday Season Today is September 1st – the edges of the leaves are taking on a reddish tint, the school buses are rolling through our towns and vacation away messages are being replaced by work emails and carpool schedules. However, though the secular world is […]
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