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A Word on the Word, “Word”

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 21, 2015
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This past Tuesday Temple Israel went to the Holy Land of Fenway Park, 40 strong, for Jewish Heritage Night. As we gathered before walking together, I offered this quasi-irreverent D’var Torah, to  complement our peanuts & cracker jacks: A D’var Torah is Hebrew for “a word” of Torah. Davar means “word.”  So let’s take with us […]
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Becoming “More Human” Knowing We Are “Only Human”

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 14, 2015
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In this week’s portion we encounter what is the Torah’s most unequivocal statement on economic justice.  It reads, and I’ll excerpt the passage, for the sake of brevity: Efes ki lo yih’yeh b’cha evyon – There shall be absolutely no poor among you—since Adonai your God will bless you in the land that Adonai your […]
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We Need Deuteronomy – Because Slavery is Not Over

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 29, 2015
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I just finished reading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, an extraordinary work on the travesty of mass incarceration today in the US, particularly of African Americans. I haven’t yet recovered from what Alexander achieved in this work, essentially a telling of the facts, the reality, the truth about a state of injustice that I […]
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Rabbi Zecher blogs from Israel: Strengthen the Core

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 23, 2015
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              My trip with AIPAC ended two days ago. But, I am still here in Israel. I chose to spend time with my brother and the rest of his family in Jerusalem. I wanted to settle into a different kind of lifestyle of Israeli living than the one I […]
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Rabbi Zecher blogs from Israel: A Beautiful Paradox

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 16, 2015
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  • Israel, Rabbi Zecher
            Part of me wishes I could say I have figured it all out.  We have met with members of Knesset, Israeli academics, representatives from the Arab community, and Palestinian leaders and business people. We have traveled intellectually through difficult conversations on rocky terrain trying to understand this complex reality […]
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Rabbi Zecher blogs from Israel: New Puzzle Pieces

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 14, 2015
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We landed to the news that the US had reached an agreement with Iran over the extensive negotiations regarding sanctions and its nuclear program. We walked off the plane checking our phones quoting headlines and reactions as we headed toward the passport check area. While some world leaders rejoiced at the long sought resolution, others in Israel were less […]
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Being Played, Playing Along, and Praying for Facts

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 14, 2014
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As I pray for a ceasefire to this conflict, looking back on how it flared up, I am haunted by the facts. I am haunted by the reality of Israel’s vulnerability, haunted by the prospect of a world without a Jewish State. I am haunted by the fact that Hamas continually launches missiles into Israel, targeting […]
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