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  1. Vayikra DT SCR

    Sometimes I think that our Biblical ancestors were a lot wiser than we give them credit for. Every year when we get to this particular biblical book filled with graphic descriptions of animal sacrifices and offerings outlining in detail such rituals as the sprinkling of blood on the altar by the priests, along with a virtual “how to” manual for slaughtering a bull or a goat or a sheep and offering it up to God in a highly ritualized drama, most readers (myself included) begin to cringe.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/spiritual-tools-leviticus

    Posted on: 2017/03/23 - 8:14pm

  2. Drawing Close to Sacrifice - Vayikra DT Dannin

    When Adar comes in, our happiness is increased. But when Vayikra comes in, we feel as if the Promised Land of great stories and heroes is far, far away.

    Torah scholars through the centuries have tried to give us reasons to rejoice in these endless passages on the most minute and bloody details of sacrifices, but it is hard to say they have succeeded. Some point out that we are moving from a physical to a spiritual journey. After all, the book begins with the words “And God called.” Called - not just spoke.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/drawing-close-sacrifice

    Posted on: 2017/03/23 - 9:03pm

  3. Where Does the Spirit of Sacrifice Take Us - DT Vayikra Schein

    As we now begin our study of the book of Vayikra (Leviticus), we start with two observations:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/where-does-spirit-sacrifice-take-us

    Posted on: 2017/03/23 - 9:10pm

  4. 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