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You Be the Judge

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On September 9, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. “Justice, Justice, shall you pursue.” Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof. (Deuteronomy 16:20) This command comes from this week’s Torah portion, entitled Shoftim. It begins with the instruction to appoint judges and magistrates who must govern the people fairly and without partiality. Moses prepares the […]
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Tranformation

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On September 2, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. This week is about the possibility of transformation. We are in the third week of reading the prophet, Isaiah, as part of the cycle of counting seven weeks toward Rosh Hashanah starting after Tisha B’Av. The theme of comfort continues. With the […]
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The River

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 26, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. As we head toward the end of the summer and perhaps leave behind a less rushed existence, I share with you this poem. I hope it can help to remind us that our lives keep going. Shabbat is part of flow of […]
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Comfort

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 19, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. It is time for comfort. This Shabbat is called Shabbat Nachamu. It comes from the first words of the prophetic reading assigned to this Shabbat. Chosen for its healing effect following the past three weeks focused on the destruction of the Temple […]
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The Saving Power of Decent Language

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 12, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. It’s time to talk about Lashon Naki. That’s Hebrew for “clean language.” It’s not where the phrase to “wash one’s mouth out with soap” comes from. And it is different from lashon hara, which means gossip. Lashon naki means a conscious effort […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: “Do As You Have Promised!”

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On August 5, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. “Do as you have promised,” is what Moses told the leaders of the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The Jewish people had made their way over the course of forty years toward the Jordan River. On the other side was the land […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: The Counting Begins

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 29, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Each moment in history has its significance. I am moved by this moment in time. During these past two weeks norms have been shattered in all directions and different opinions have been aired. Wherever we may find ourselves and however we may […]
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Shabbat Awakenings: From the Outside In

  • Posted by tisrael
  • On July 22, 2016
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Welcome again to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. In the Torah this week, we read about the King of Moab who commissions Balaam, a prophet-seer, to curse the Israelites as they continue their trek toward the land of Canaan. From the ruler’s vantage point, the Jewish people appeared formidable in […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 15, 2016

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  • On July 15, 2016
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  Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings,” a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. After all of the events of last week, from Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Dallas, I wanted to turn toward hope this week. But I don’t think we are there yet. Grief and mourning course through our cities and towns. […]
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Shabbat Awakenings 5776 – July 8, 2016

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  • On July 8, 2016
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  Welcome again to “Shabbat Awakenings!” Each Friday, I will be sending you a reflection or thought with which to approach Shabbat as a way to stir up awareness of the potential of this day. Shabbat offers us the chance to turn inward to nourish our inner life so that we have the strength and […]
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