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  1. Bronstein teaching call - Hasidic lens on Parashat Bo

    Today I want to share with you some of what I think are the most astounding, and provocative, and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists, as Jews in general today. But they come from a place that you might never think to look: the 18th-century and 19th-century Hasidic commentaries on the Torah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/hasidic-lens-parashat-bo

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 5:11pm

  2. DT Bo 2017 - Steven Carr Reuben

    “How do you know when you have really grown up?” I remember being asked that question one evening by one of my 10th grade Confirmation students, and how it produced one of the most thoughtful and reflective discussions we had that entire year. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/responsibility-and-hardened-heart

    Posted on: 2017/01/27 - 12:22pm

  3. Allegorical Interpretation of the Song of Songs - DT Passover

    Today I would like to talk about lessons from the Passover story as can be learned from the Song of Songs.  First, though, I would like to give a brief introduction to the book itself.  The Song of Songs or the song of Solomon which it is also called, is one of the five scrolls read on various holidays throughout the year. The entire book is a  series of love songs in poetic form.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/allegorical-interpretation-song-songs

    Posted on: 2007/05/30 - 12:00am

  4. Shabbat Hagadol DT Howard Cohen

    The Shabbat before Pesach is known as Shabbat HaGadol: The Great Shabbat. The special nature of the day is highlighted with a haftarah selected from the prophet Malachi. The words of this anonymous prophet (the name Malachi simply means “my messenger”), who lived around the middle of the 5th century BCE, are remarkably contemporary sounding. A closer look at what he has to say can be simultaneously comforting and frightening.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/shabbat-hagadol

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 4:47pm

  5. A Plague of Darkness - Passover DT Strassfeld

    There is a plague of darkness that has fallen not only on our land but upon the world. Actually, there are many plagues — just as in Egypt they seem to come in groups even though just one plague would be more than enough — dayyenu. The coronavirus is certainly a plague that has affected every family, passing over some homes but striking too many others.

    There is also a plague of scarcity:
    A shortage of ventilators, protective gear and hospital beds. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/plague-darkness

    Posted on: 2020/03/31 - 1:53pm

  6. Jacob DT Pre-Passover Covid 2020

    This d’var Torah was written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Passover 2020 approached. While the specific circumstances have changed since its writing, the spiritual insights remain deeply relevant.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/what-true-moment

    Posted on: 2020/03/26 - 12:41pm