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  1. The Binding Of Isaac: What Is the Nature Of the Test?

    Torah Text:

    And it came to pass after these things (lit. words), that God tested Abraham and said, “Abraham.” And he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Take your son, your only son, the one you love, Isaac, and go into the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:1-2)

     

    Commentary:

    Rashi explains “these words” as a conversation God had with Satan:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/binding-isaac-what-nature-test

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:37pm

  2. The destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah - DT Vayera

    (Want to learn more about Jewish views on morality? Visit Ethics and Values.)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/destruction-cities-sodom-and-gomorrah

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:43pm

  3. The Akeida: Questions of Sacrifice

    Each year, on the second day of Rosh Hashana we discuss the Akeida - the story for the binding and near sacrifice of Isaac. Each year we, collectively, struggle with the psychological impact and the personal ethics of the story. How could a father do such a thing? What did Isaac feel? What did Abraham feel? What did Sarah feel? What did God feel? What did the ram feel? We discuss these issues as if synagogue were a family therapy workshop. We take up the story as if it were a vignette in a modern novel, and that its point is to give us insight into the human psyche.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/akeida-questions-sacrifice

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 3:43pm

  4. Welcoming Strangers, Welcoming Angels

    B’shem Hashem elohei yisrael
    Miyimini Michael u’mismoli gavriel
    Umilfanai uriel um’akhorai refael
    V’al roshi, v’al roshi, shekhinat el.

    In the name of God, the God of Israel
    To my right is Michael, to my left is Gavriel
    In front of me Uriel, and behind me Rafael
    And on my mind, and over me, Shekhinat El

    —From traditional bedtime Shema, with my loose translation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/welcoming-strangers-welcoming-angels

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 2:24pm

  5. Sandy Sasso: Art and Biblical Text

    In this Community Teaching call from January 2017, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso teaches on artists and biblical text as seen through literature, visual art and music.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/art-and-biblical-text

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:57pm