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Catalyst for Community

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 22, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This past Sunday as part of the commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King’s birthday, our congregation joined with Bethel AME congregation and their pastors Gloria and Ray Hammond at their service.  Pastor Ray Hammond and I prepared a sermon together.  We wanted to emphasize King’s […]
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A Better Future

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 15, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward our Shabbat of Justice. Last week, the Capitol filled with domestic terrorists. They brought radicalized views founded on lies and distorted truths. They barged into the hallowed halls of democracy and profaned it with violence and ill intent. They also brought signs and symbols […]
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Moral Courage

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 8, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat and this week, a new year. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE. We know how this part of the story ends. The one who sought to aggrandize himself by ruling with a paranoid oppressive propaganda machine thought he could raise himself […]
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Toward a Hopeful New Year

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On January 1, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat and this week, a new year. As we end the year, both the Torah and the Haftarah of this Shabbat, share a deathbed scene. It seems a fitting end to the year 2020. The news cycle is filled with images of burying, tossing […]
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Not You But God

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 25, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat and this week, a new year. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE.   In Genesis, when Joseph was a young boy, he was filled with himself.  His father adorned him with a glorious coat of many colors.  He dreamed of how the sun, […]
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Two Pharaohs

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 18, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE. This is the story of two Pharaohs, one was infamous and the other merely famous. In last week’s portion, Joseph arrived to Egypt as a slave sold by his brothers to some […]
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Eight Ways to Tell the Story of Chanukah Again

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 11, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat and this week Chanukah. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE. Below are 8 different and interconnected ways to tell the story of Chanukah. I presented this to you last year and think it is worthy to share again! Enjoy with […]
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Denouement

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 4, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE. When this week’s Torah portion opens, Jacob prepares to meet his brother after a forced separation.  The last words he heard his brother utter had to do with Esau’s desire to murder Jacob for stealing his […]
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Goodness

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 27, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat.  This week I share a prayer I offered as part of an Interfaith Service through Mayor Walsh’s office in honor of essential and front line workers.   Give thanks to the Eternal God for God is good God’s mercy is eternal.   So […]
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Struggling?

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 20, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE. I have heard it and I predict you have, too. Or, perhaps, it is your story. “We have lost friends because of Covid, not because of death but because  of the way they behave does not […]
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