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Light and Wholeness

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 15, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. What does God really want from us? The Torah, then the Mishnah and joined by the Talmud seek to understand the desires of the Divine. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn how to ascertain what God wants. That is the good news. […]
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The Silent Cry of the Soul

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 8, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we head toward Shabbat. It is a curious explanation. Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. (Exodus 25:8) Let me explain. We have moved from redemption as slaves in Egypt to the acquisition of Torah at Mt. Sinai and, in this week’s […]
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Empathy: A Lesson

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 1, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. As we move from the focus on the Ten Commandments in last week’s portion, we turn our attention to the legislation of kindness this week. Through these verses, we discover a methodology to practice caring whether it is our enemy and his ox […]
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Attentiveness

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 25, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. Mary Oliver, the poet extraordinaire, wrote these words, but even more, she lived them. We can, too. We […]
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Seeds of Redemption

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 18, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. As we embark on this Shabbat of Justice and the days to follow, we enter into the great moment of redemption of the Israelites. We relive that moment of glory when the sea opened up and the people made their way toward freedom. […]
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Leadership

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 4, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat The past Wednesday night, I participated in the Inaugural Interfaith Service of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, an invitation-only service at Morningstar Baptist Church in Mattapan. It was my honor to be asked, and to offer the closing remarks, which I share with […]
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Hate and Its Antidote

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 27, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way to Shabbat. The beginning of the book of Exodus begins with a master lesson on hate with a hint to its antidote. It begins with clear information: what are the names and the total number of those of Jacob’s family who ended up […]
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The Righteous and the Wicked

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 21, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. Elie Wiesel said that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. But, when it came to define the opposite of a righteous person, a Tzaddik, he pointed directly to its opposite, to that of an evil person, a […]
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Collusion and Complicity

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 14, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings! As we begin this week’s Torah portion, we enter into one of the most dramatic scenes of the Torah. Last week’s portion ended with a cliffhanger. Since Jacob’s sons have traveled to Egypt to procure food because of a terrible famine, they have had to deal with the most powerful man […]
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