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  1. How to Remember, How to Forget: Evil Must Not Define Us

    (This teaching on Parashat Ki Teitzei was given by Seth Rosen, chair of our board of governors, at Congregation Dor Hadash, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sept. 14, 2019 — eleven months after the synagogue attack.)

    Shabbat shalom!

    I want to begin by telling you what a privilege it is to stand in front of this community, and how grateful my wife Joan and I are for your invitation to be a part of this congregation, even if only for one Shabbat weekend.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/amalek-and-memory-pittsburgh-evil-must-not-define-us

    Posted on: 2019/09/14 - 12:00am

  2. You Should Live To Be 120

    Every Shabbat morning during services at the Jewish Geriatric Home, our residents, our volunteers, our guests and I pause to offer thanksgiving for the joyous events in our lives. There is always a simcha or two for us to celebrate— a birthday or an anniversary, a grandchild’s engagement, a great grandchild’s Bris— always a happy occurrence. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/you-should-live-be-120

    Posted on: 2017/09/11 - 2:15pm

  3. DT Beshalakh Joel Hecker - Staff and Zohar

    “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it apart, that the Israelites may come into the midst of the sea on dry land” (Exodus 14:16).

    What is the nature of this staff? Is it a walking stick? Sign of God’s power? Or magical device?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/evil-and-compassion-two-sides-one-staff

    Posted on: 2017/02/14 - 11:55am

  4. Silence as Protest (AKA The World of Silence) - Pinkhas DT Howard Cohen

    Silence in the world of verbal communication can be as complicated to interpret and as deliberate as any word choice. We are often as careful (or should be) about when we choose to remain silent as we are about the words we use to convey a message. In the world of printed words, silence is every bit as powerful as in the audio world. However, it is much more difficult to indicate. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/silence-protest

    Posted on: 2017/06/30 - 1:29pm

  5. Who Was Korakh DT Lewis Eron

    During the forty years in the wilderness, Moses faced a number of challenges to his leadership. Some arose out of our ancestors’ sense of loss and deprivation. Others centered on issues of policy. The most threatening of these challenges, however, was the constitutional crisis brought about by Korakh’s attempt to supplant both Moses as political leader and Aaron as High Priest.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/who-was-korakh

    Posted on: 2017/06/14 - 8:22pm

  6. DT Vaykhi Lewis Eron - The Goal of Life

    (Want to learn more about Jewish views on purpose and meaning? Visit Reconstructionism - Believing.)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/goal-life

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 1:18pm

  7. 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

  8. Turning Memory Into Empathy: The Torah's Ethical Charge

    One of the Torah’s central projects is to turn memory into empathy and moral responsibility. Appealing to our experience of defenselessness in Egypt, the Torah seeks to transform us into people who see those who are vulnerable and exposed rather than looking past them.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/turning-memory-empathy-torahs-ethical-charge

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 4:05pm

  9. DT Naso Toba Spitzer

    (Originally published in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible)

    A number of years ago, Pride Weekend in Boston fell on the Shabbat of Parshat Naso. Preparing my d’var Torah for Shabbat morning services that week, I wondered, what might this portion have to teach about GLBT pride?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/impurity-blessing

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:34pm

  10. Honest Weights and Measures DT Eron

    Once, during the holy season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Hasidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, paused in his devotions and looking at his disciples with sad, tear-laden eyes, remarked, “What a funny world it is that we live in these days. There was a time, you know, when Jews would be scrupulously honest in the market place and be the most outrageous liars in the synagogue. These days, however, everything is reversed. The Jews are surprisingly honest in synagogue, but in the streets and market places, I’m ashamed to tell you.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/honest-weights-and-measures

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 1:17pm

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