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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

  • Posted by tisrael
  • 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

  • Posted by tisrael
  • 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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The Cemetery: A Place of Renewal

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On April 7, 2016
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A Place of Beauty, History, and Spiritual Renewal: The Temple Israel Cemetery in Wakefield, MA By Paula Folkman             Soon after the 1854 founding of Temple Israel, the establishment of a cemetery in South Reading (now Wakefield) in 1859 helped to attract new members and generate much-needed funds. Even for […]
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Budget for Boston

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On March 23, 2016
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By Sam Draisen On Monday March 7th, about 3,500 middle and high school students, including me, walked out of school to protest the proposed budget cuts for the Boston Public Schools. At my school specifically, Boston Latin Academy, $500,000 was going to be cut from next year’s budget. For my school, this was particularly rough, because […]
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Examining Our Practice of Giving

  • Posted by tisrael
  • 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

  • Posted by tisrael
  • 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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A “Living” Prayer

  • Posted by tisrael
  • 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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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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