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Gray Days

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On May 1, 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. These days have seemed grayer than usual. I’d like to blame it all on the weather. But that is not possible. Too many are cloaked in sadness brought about by the isolation […]
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Self Quarantine

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 24, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE. Sometimes the simplest instructions are the hardest to do. This week we turn to the prophetic reading in II Kings 5.  There we learn of the commander of the Aramean army, named Na’aman.  His name meant […]
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Prayer for Boston Interfaith Service

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 17, 2020
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This week I share with you a prayer I offered at an Interfaith Zoom moment of prayer on April 15th, organized by Mayor Walsh of Boston.  He brought together Iman Shaykh Yasir Fahmy, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, The Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor Mathew Thompson and me to reflect, to pray and to unite as we remembered […]
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Now

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 10, 2020
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  This year Passover is an experience of mindfulness. It has been the opportunity to be present in a time when the magnetic force field of Covid 19 persistently draws our anxiety and attention to it. We must be vigilant in that regard. The virus threatens our very existence and we ignore it at our […]
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Where Fear Resides

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On April 3, 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. Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat and this week, Passover. The Israelites knew suffering. They understood cruelty and demeaning labor. How could they not as slaves? […]
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This Poem

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On March 27, 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. There have been certain moments in my life when this poem by Mark Nepo has provided me with solace and inspiration. When my father died 21 years ago, I turned to the first sentence […]
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VOTE REFORM

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On January 24, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. This Shabbat Awakening summons you to action. While the story we read in Torah this week takes us deep into Egypt, our current focus uplifts us toward the land of Israel.  After all, the name of the Biblical book is called […]
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No Intellect

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On January 17, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. If you’d prefer to listen as a podcast, it’s available HERE. Pharaoh is no mensch. It turns out that mensch does not mean man. It means human being. I’m grateful to our member, Michael Malamat, who graciously wrote me after I […]
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I am in Israel

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On January 10, 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. The name of the final portion of Genesis is called “Vayechi: Jacob Lived”, but it speaks about the preparation for his death. As we know, Joseph has brought his whole family down to […]
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