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Our Temple Israel Story

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 14, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we head into Shabbat. Last night we held our Annual Gathering. It is a thrilling moment of the year to celebrate and reflect. Below are the words I shared with those gathered. Martin Buber noted that with regard to Torah there are some words that lead the […]
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Borrowed

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On June 7, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. We live in borrowed time. Our lives are only lent to us by the universe, divine or otherwise. We may imagine we can live forever, but we know we actually cannot. That is why it is borrowed time. So, while we are here, […]
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History & Responsibility

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 31, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection on our way toward Shabbat. The strategy of this week’s Torah portion is clear. Follow the way of Torah and all will go well. If not, failure, indignity, and loss await. The picture painted can either be bleak or beautiful, but not both. I joined members of our […]
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Wronged

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 24, 2019
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Women have been wronged. Children have been wronged as well. That means that everyone not in the above two categories have also been aggrieved. No one is left untouched in the destructive legislation concerning abortions—especially, of course, women’s bodies, which have been viewed as the property of government. This week’s Torah portion, Behar, has something […]
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Exempt

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 17, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we head toward Shabbat. When rules and laws apply to some and not to others, chaos ensues. Therefore the law should be equally applied in all circumstances. No exceptions. Today, and in ancient times. Our Torah portion this week offers the following instruction: You shall have one […]
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Destiny

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 10, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. The Talmud (Shevuot 39a) insists: Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, Which means all of Israel are responsible for each other. This formative piece of Jewish literature and law did not know from a country. It understood what responsibility each individual Jew has toward […]
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Fear Turned Into Awe

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 3, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This last week has been frightening, terrifying even. From Poway, California to the New York Times to Yom Hashoah, our yearly remembrance of the Holocaust, rocked whatever hopeful high we may have had from the experience of Passover. The crumbs of matzah hadn’t […]
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When Does Passover End? Never.

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 26, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. When Does Passover End? Never. We may stop eating Matzah after the 7th day and start back with consuming bread and cookies. The real work of Passover, however, continues as a current through the year and our lives. If we isolate the experience […]
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A Passover Message About Meeting At The Corner Of Justice And Love Copy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 26, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. As part of our Seder and celebration of Passover, we set aside a cup for Elijah and, at the designated time, open the door for him. Though he doesn’t seem to materialize, what he represents is very much part of the […]
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A Passover Message About Meeting At The Corner Of Justice And Love

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 19, 2019
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. As part of our Seder and celebration of Passover, we set aside a cup for Elijah and, at the designated time, open the door for him. Though he doesn’t seem to materialize, what he represents is very much part of the […]
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