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Royal Autocracy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 6, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Listen to it as a podcast HERE. Kings do not need to testify. They don’t need to judge or be judged. Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:2 clearly stated this allowance. Deuteronomy allowed kings to keep many horses but not many wives, lest his heart go astray. […]
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Bad for America

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 29, 2019
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Over the summer as I prepared to write my Rosh Hashanah sermon on antisemitism, I started down the path of examining how the idea of the often used phrases of “good for the Jews” and “bad for the Jews” is employed. I […]
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Belonging

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 22, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Listen to it as a podcast HERE. God had instructed Abraham to take his son, Isaac, up the mountain and present him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22: 2-3). If an angel of the Divine had not intervened, Abraham might have had to bury […]
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Loneliness and Hospitality

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 15, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Listen to it as a podcast HERE. How might it be possible for the spirit of welcoming to be an antidote to loneliness? This week’s Torah portion might offer some clues. Before we turn to the story of how Abraham behaved when he welcomed […]
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Rave

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 8, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.  Listen to it as a podcast HERE. We often recommend the restaurant where we recently dined, which doctor we saw, what movie we liked, and even where to vacation. We rave about it. Our enthusiasm helps to convince another where to go […]
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Like No Other Moment in the Year

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 18, 2019
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Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings!” Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way to Shabbat and this week, to Simchat Torah. Listen to Shabbat Awakenings as a podcast HERE The Torah is not a book. The dictionary defines a book as a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together […]
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Grief and Memory Hold Hands

  • Posted by Jen Gubitz
  • On October 11, 2019
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Grief and memory hold hands as broken-hearted we find our way through the Jewish year. Grief and memory hold hands as we search for solace, as we travel from impermanence to joy, from narrowness to freedom, to wisdom and learning, to renewal and return. Such that when we return to them in this moment of […]
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Provocative Kugel: What Will I Make of My Life Today?

  • Posted by Jen Gubitz
  • On October 11, 2019
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“I saw your vagina ad. Yuck,” the email read, “was that really necessary?” The criticism came rolling in. And why? In response to a sign that was bold, bright, hip, and funky, plastered on kiosks throughout the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan that read: “Even if you think kugel is an exercise you […]
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