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The Ultimate Narrative

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 23, 2021
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I share with you the d’var Torah I offered last week at Qabbalat Shabbat. It is one of the ways I have hoped to bring my experience in Israel home to you. Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This week we begin a magnificent narrative through the eyes and […]
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Three Potential Anthems for Israel

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 16, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. As I have shared over the past month, my experience in Israel for 10 days in early July gave me much to ponder. While I participated in the Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Institute, we studied many texts. I was intrigued to learn that Israel […]
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A Jewish Call to Climate Action

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • On July 15, 2021
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by Melissa Kaufman Earlier this year, during Rabbi Rosenn’s talk at the Shabbat of Environmental Justice, she mentioned a cartoon called “It’s that easy” by Tommy Siegal. It depicts how the way we talk about solving climate change has evolved over the decades, from the focus on “recycling” in the 1990s to the current focus […]
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On My Way Home From Israel

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 9, 2021
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I left Israel last night.  As I reflect on my 10 days there, I feel hope and despair at the same time.  Such is the paradoxical experience of Israel. The war in May, its reasons, the impact, and the aftermath laid a substantial burden and concern on our discussions. Not only did bombs fly between […]
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I am in Israel

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On July 2, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. I am in Israel. To be here now is to be thrust into a state of awe, anxiety, and a profound awareness of vulnerability. I feel safe. The streets are relatively quiet. The tourists are few. At the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, our […]
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I Leave for Israel Sunday

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 25, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. On Wednesday afternoon, I participated in a zoom meeting with a Knesset member of the new Israeli government. His role is historic.  Rabbi Gilad Kariv, former CEO of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, is now a member of the Knesset […]
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Original Sin

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 18, 2021
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Original sin is really not a Jewish idea. The story of the Garden of Eden and the events that Genesis details in the first chapters of the Bible is about the beginning of responsibility, of our human capacity to make choices regarding good and bad. It started with the two trees in the middle of […]
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What Justice Will Ask Of Us

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • On June 17, 2021
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by Dan Marion This year hasn’t been ideal for me, no doubt, but it has, also, clearly been much harder for others. My plans were paused because of COVID-19, but some people lost their lives or lost their loved ones. I worried about my finances because of so much uncertainty, but some were laid off […]
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Our Mission Endures

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 11, 2021
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. Last night, many of us joined together online and onsite to reflect on this past year at our Annual Gathering.  In addition we had a peaceful transition of leadership from the remarkable and devoted Presidency of Marc Maxwell to Laurence […]
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A Peek Into the Future

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 4, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way to Shabbat. How often is it possible to walk into the future in order to examine it? In this week’s portion, Moses sent, by “God’s command”, specific leaders of the community to enter Canaan to reconnoiter the land. We receive no impression while […]
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