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  1. Introduction to Midrash (5th Grade and Up)

    This lesson about the Garden of Eden encourages students to generate their own midrash. It models an approach that can be applied to other Torah texts. It was written by Rabbi Shai Gluskin from the Reconstructionist movement and Deena Salmon of B'nai Keshet in Montclair, NJ. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/introduction-midrash-5th-grade-and

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:34pm

  2. Kaplan on Creation DT Bereyshit

    The account in Genesis is perplexing to the modern person. We inevitably get bogged down with the first chapter of the Bible because it seems to conflict with our knowledge that comes from the scientific study of the natural world. Mordecai Kaplan being the modern man par-excellence accepted the scientific view of the universe but realized, of course, that the Torah has a different perspective in telling us about the origin of things. In this selection he focuses on the connection between the creation of the world and God's attention to Israel.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/kaplan-creation-explanation-jewish-mission

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 10:05pm

  3. Shabbat and Holiness DT Bereyshit

    This week's parashah is the first in the Torah, Bereyshit. We are all familiar with the story of the creation that we read in these chapters of the Torah. However, the narrative still raised many questions for our rabbis and scholars. One of the many issues debated by the rabbis is the timing of humanity's creation in relationship to Shabbat. Rashi (12th century France) believed that God created Adam right before Shabbat so that he could immediately enter the holy and peaceful realm of Shabbat.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/shabbat-and-holiness

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 10:22pm

  4. Bereishit and the Creation of Humanity: a study sheet

    A text study from the midrashic literature on the creation of humanity

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/creation-humanity-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 6:01pm

  5. Text Study - Genesis - Nature of First Human

    In the first two chapters of the Torah, we find two different accounts of the creation of humanity. In the first, humanity is created as a complete entity, male and female. In the second, Adam is created first, while Eve originates from his rib. In this text study, Rabbi Maurice Harris explores the tension between these two stories, and presents a teaching from Midrash Bereishit Rabbah that presents food for thought about gender, essentialism, and the nature of humanity. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/text-study-creation-story-nature-first-human

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:53pm