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Conciliatory Confrontation

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On January 3, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. It is available as a podcast HERE. Happy New Year! It always strikes me as curious that for the secular new year we use the word “happy” as our hope for the future while at Rosh Hashana, our spiritual new year, […]
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Eight Ways to Tell the Story of Hanukkah

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On December 27, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat and this week Hanukkah. Below are eight different and interconnected ways to tell the story of Hanukkah.  Enjoy with latkes and donuts! 1. The story of Hanukkah focuses on a small band of fighters led by Judah Maccabee who refused to […]
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Menschy

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On December 20, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.  If you’d prefer to listen to it as a podcast, please visit TI Clergy Corner HERE. “Does the word mensch just describe a man?” The speaker asked a group of Jewish leaders. Voices rose from the crowd in the affirmative. Then the speaker answered […]
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Hatred and Hope

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On December 13, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. I want to write about hope, about something positive. But, this week it is difficult. In the midst of another antisemitic attack in Jersey City at a kosher market, with hatred heaped upon bias, it is not easy to find light […]
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Royal Autocracy

  • Posted by tisrael
  • 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 tisrael
  • 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 tisrael
  • 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 tisrael
  • 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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