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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. Arlene Berger Vayetzey - A Seasonal Hint

    I always think of this time of year as a time of transition. The trees are almost finished shedding their leaves and the air is charged with the smell of winter. We ourselves are transitioning from the vestiges of the High Holiday season of teshuva and gratitude to the modern world’s all too long season of consumption.  
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/seasonal-hint-jacob-didnt-ask-much-stuff

    Posted on: 2016/12/09 - 10:04am

  3. Miketz - Dreams

    “All dreams follow the interpreter.” Talmud, Berakhot 55b 

    Everyone has dreams. Some of us dream of heights we intend to scale, battles we intend to win, glories we intend to capture. Some of us dream of love, or riches, or fame, or the quenching of our deepest desires. Some dreams are vast, and deep, and dramatic, and others are simple, and quiet, and modest. But regardless of their size or nature, we all have had dreams that inspired our actions and gave a sense of urgency to our lives. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/stuff-dreams-are-made

    Posted on: 2016/12/22 - 11:55am

  4. Vayigash - Plans

    When I was sixteen my family moved from Santa Monica to Sacramento. I had just finished my first year of high school and had been selected to play drums with the SAMOHI jazz band in the Hollywood Bowl (which I did the night before we moved). I was certainly not looking forward to leaving behind all my friends and everything I had grown up with to move to a strange new place where I knew no one. But my dad had a new job, so move we did. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/if-i-had-only-known-parashat-vayigash

    Posted on: 2016/12/22 - 11:59am

  5. DT Miketz 2016 Love Trumps Power

    “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit….” (Zechariah 4:6)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/love-trumps-power

    Posted on: 2016/12/24 - 12:00am

  6. DT Vaykhi Steven Carr Reuben

    A woman in our congregation once came to see me with a heavy heart. Her son was soon to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. She told me a sad but unfortunately all too familiar tale of enmity and anger, silence and deep-seated hurt between members of her immediate family. How her mother hadn’t spoken to her brother in years, and her father hadn’t spoken to her sister in years, and neither the father nor the mother (both divorced now) had spoken to each other for years either.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/courage-and-forgiveness

    Posted on: 2017/01/11 - 4:25pm

  7. DT Va'era Steven Carr Reuben

    Names are very important. They have a power all their own. There are names that inspired revolutions and overturned entire civilizations. There are names that have struck terror into the hearts of all who heard them. And of course there are many who claim that the sweetest sound that a human being ever hears is the sound of his or her own name.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/naming-divine

    Posted on: 2017/01/11 - 4:39pm

  8. Shemot DT Lewis Eron

    One of the sad ironies of leadership is that leaders frequently come to believe the lies they tell and then make “reasoned” decisions based on those lies, often with disastrous results. As rulers of all sorts trick us by manipulating with such powerful emotions, such as our fear of strangers and our worry for our security, they, too, are tricked. They come to believe their own tales, get entangled in their lies. Terrible things happen, suffering increases, and policies built on lies lead, all too often, to disgrace, dishonor and defeat. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/trapped-our-own-lies

    Posted on: 2017/01/11 - 5:15pm

  9. DT Vaykhi Mackenzie Reynolds 2016

    The following is adapted from a d’var Torah given by RRC student Mackenzie Reynolds in early 2017 at a gathering of congregational presidents and rabbis at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a Reconstructionist Synagogue in New York. 

    “If I have found grace in your sight, don’t bury me in Egypt,” Jacob asks of Joseph in this week’s parsha, Vay’khi. A midrash continues:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/have-you-no-decency-midrash-and-centrality-love

    Posted on: 2017/01/13 - 11:49am

  10. Haggadat Ha'Atzmaut

    This is the main document for the Yom Ha’Atzmaut seder. Full details for the program can be found at this link.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/haggadat-haatzmaut-picnic-celebration-yom-haatzmaut

    Posted on: 2017/01/23 - 1:41pm

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