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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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Intentional About the Unitentional

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 11, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.  This week I offer my sermon from Yom Kippur.  You can listen to it HERE I. MORAL MYOPIC RECKLESSNESS As the summer of 1787 faded to fall, the free people of the United States, finding the Constitution folded into their newspapers and […]
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Beyond and Because of Antisemitism

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 4, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat and the High Holy Days. This week I offer my sermon from Rosh Hashanah. If you prefer to listen to it as a podcast, go HERE When did you first realize that antisemitism[i] might be about you? Of course you remember. […]
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Imperfect

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 27, 2019
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat and this week Rosh Hashanah.   Tis the season of imperfection! What kind of religious tradition does that? Turns out, it is ours. Created in the image of the Divine,aren’t we supposed to mirror Him? Her? They? It? Turns out, […]
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Prepare to Apologize

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 20, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Saying sorry does not mean that the apology is accepted. What matters is awareness and recognition of the mistake, and a willingness to correct it and to make it right. Today many gathered around City Hall for a climate strike to demand action […]
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