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  1. Hukat DT Arlene Berger

    In Genesis 50:10-11, Joseph observed a seven-day mourning period for his father Jacob, mourning bitterly and loudly.  When the Caaanites witnessed this, they observed that the people were holding “a solemn ceremony of mourning.” From this we derive the practice of shiva where we observe a specific period of mourning for those close to us. After the mourning period was over, Joseph and the mourners returned to Egypt to resume their daily lives.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/reacting-loss

    Posted on: 2017/06/23 - 5:00pm

  2. How Good It Is - DT Balak Kligler

    Mah tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael / מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ  יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל

    How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel (Numbers 24:5)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/how-good-it

    Posted on: 2017/06/30 - 12:50pm

  3. 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

  4. Matot-Mas'ey: The Inner Journey DT Kligler

    Eileh mas’ei v’nei Yisrael asher yatz’u me’eretz Mitzrayim

     אֵ֜לֶּה מַסְעֵ֣י בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָצְא֛וּ מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם לְצִבְאֹתָ֑ם בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁ֖ה וְאַהֲרֹֽן׃

    These are the journeys of the Children of Israel after leaving the Land of Egypt
    (Numbers 33:1)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/inner-journey

    Posted on: 2017/07/14 - 1:47pm

  5. Making the Epic Personal DT Mas'ey Eron

    The Torah portion Mas’ey (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13), which concludes Sefer Bamidbar (the Book of Numbers), brings us to the end of our ancestors’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Forty years have passed since the Exodus. A new generation, born in freedom, has replaced the last generation to experience slavery. This generation has proven itself in battle. It is proud, self-assured, and ready to engage in the struggle to win and hold a new land. It will not be held back by the fears that constrained its parents.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/making-epic-personal

    Posted on: 2017/07/14 - 2:08pm

  6. The Importance of Re-reading Torah - DT Hirsh

    This d’var Torah was written in 2010. Although it refers to some events occuring at that time, its larger message remains deeply relevant. -Ed.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/importance-re-reading-torah

    Posted on: 2017/07/14 - 2:20pm

  7. Shabbat Hazon dt Richard Hirsh

    This week’s Torah portion is Devarim, the opening section of the last book of the Torah known in English as Deuteronomy. This Shabbat, however, is known as Shabbat Hazon, after the opening words of the special Haftara reading: “Hazon Y’Shayahu”, “[This is] the vision of [the prophet] Isaiah”. 

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

    Posted on: 2017/07/20 - 10:39am

  8. Pinkhas DT David Steinberg

    Since I’m the only rabbi in the Duluth area, I regularly get called on by the local hospitals to visit patients who indicate on their admission forms that they are Jewish. Sometimes I’m visiting members of my own congregation. Sometimes I’m visiting unaffiliated Jews who might live in the area, or who might be simply passing through. Recently I had the occasion of visiting someone who was very elderly and immediately thereafter visiting a mother of a newborn baby.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/next-generation

    Posted on: 2017/07/20 - 10:51am

  9. Retelling Our Story DT Devarim SCR

    I was sitting in my study a few years ago with a couple who had been members of my synagogue for over 35 years. They were recounting a recent experience they had when celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and it made me think about this week’s Torah portion. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/retelling-our-story

    Posted on: 2017/07/21 - 6:28pm

  10. Finding Your Voice DT Devarim Kligler

    B’ever ha’Yarden b’eretz Moav ho’il Moshe be’er et hatorah hazot

    בְּעֵ֥בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּ֖ן בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מוֹאָ֑ב הוֹאִ֣יל מֹשֶׁ֔ה בֵּאֵ֛ר אֶת־הַתּוֹרָ֥ה הַזֹּ֖את

    On the far side of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this Torah (Deuteronomy 1:5)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/finding-your-voice

    Posted on: 2017/07/21 - 6:37pm

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