- 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 off a cliff, disposing, and sending this past year to the garbage heap. No one would blame any of us for a desire to quickly jump into the new year and never look back.
But that is not our way. It is almost Shabbat. Let’s pause and consider.
Let’s appreciate hindsight as we bid this past year goodbye. We stand on the precipice of what is new and possible even as we carry the legacy of the heavy weight of last year.
So here is our challenge before we bury, toss, dispose or throw out 2020: We learned some lessons about life, some of them were earned with great struggle. We became conscious of what we stopped seeing or never paid attention to before, how we used our time, appreciated the outdoors, took for granted our movement or spontaneity. We spent all the time with some people and absolutely not enough or none at all with others. We learned how to cope and to flexed our resilience muscles.
We are stronger, more courageous, and even more patient than we realized. We had to earn it as we learned it.
So much was wrong with last year. That list is very very long. I encourage you to make your own list of what was right. What did you earn as you learned? What did you come to appreciate despite the disasters, constraints, tragedy and loss swirling around us?
As we go into this Shabbat of the new year, a whole new path appears before us. We have a different way to walk forward. As the Hasidic story reminds us of the two strangers who find one another as each is lost in the woods, they look to one another for help and recognize that they can find the way together.
We are the people of hope. We are also repairers of the breach, as Isaiah called it.
May this year bring healing manifest in healthy outcomes, a greater sense of wholeness and renewed strength as we move forward together.
- We join together for Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. Following the service, we will share another virtual oneg. We can pray together HERE on the Temple Israel website, or HERE on Zoom, or even HERE on TI’s Facebook page. Or, just find it all on the website www.tisrael.org/TogetherWithTI .
- Tonight at 5:00 p.m. our littlest congregants join for Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here
- Torah study engages everyone. We start with a short Shabbat morning service at 9:00 a.m. with Torah reading and then launch into a provocative discussion. To join the conversation interactively, access Zoom HERE. You can also watch HERE on Temple Israel’s website or HERE on TI’s Facebook page.
- Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat takes place at 10:00 a.m. Join us on Zoom here.
- Join us at 8:00 p.m. for Havdalah as we welcome the new week together. Join HERE on Zoom, or watch along on the website HERE, or on Facebook HERE.