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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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Loyalty

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 6, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakening, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. I offer here an abbreviated version of the D’var Torah I offered last Shabbat. This Shabbat Awakening is about loyalty. If anyone wonders why a topic would present itself these days, well…welcome back from vacation. Over these past weeks, we have moved into […]
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Choose

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 30, 2019
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See, I place before you blessing and curse.  These words begin this week’s Torah portion. It seems pretty straightforward. In the wilderness, Moses tried to prepare the people before they were to cross over the Jordan River. He even used visual aids, which is what we used before PowerPoint presentations. From their vantage point, they could see […]
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Conundrum

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 23, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we approach Shabbat. I try to imagine the atmosphere around the big rectangular wooden table next to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office. I was there once, allowed in with other Reform rabbis to argue for progressive rights and recognition. The conversation was tense then, but civil. This time, it could […]
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Watchword

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 16, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. When you were younger did you learn that the Sh’ma is the “watchword of our faith?” Taken from this week’s Torah portion in Deuteronomy (6:4) and utilized in the liturgical context, it is a declaration and an instruction combined. But what […]
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