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  1. Spirituality and Mental Health

    This was originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

    “Humans plan, and God laughs.”

    This Yiddish proverb is not as impious as it might seem at first glance. It declares succinctly an undeniable truth of the human condition: We are not in control. No matter how meticulously we plan, there are innumerable variables for which we can't fully account.

    Often enough, we plan, and things turn out the way we want. And then we are tempted to believe that we are in control after all.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/spirituality-and-mental-health

    Posted on: 2016/06/10 - 12:00am

  2. Preserving Dignity in the Public Square - DAT Op-Ed

    This piece originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on February 17, 2017.

    For more than 250 years, the American public square has been home to the free exchange of ideas, information, and perspectives. Newspapers, public debates, oratory, and more recently radio, television, and the internet - all part of the public square - have shaped discourse that affects American culture far beyond the political sphere.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/each-us-can-work-preserve-dignity-public-square

    Posted on: 2017/02/21 - 4:03pm

  3. Wherever We Let God In - DT Terumah SCR

    In a famous Hasidic saying, the Kotzker Rebbe was once asked: “Where does God dwell?” to which he replied, “Wherever you let Him in.” 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/wherever-we-let-god-in

    Posted on: 2017/02/22 - 5:56pm

  4. Reconstructionist Today_January 2017_Isadore Seeman

  5. The Cornerstone of a Better World

  6. Four Lessons We Learn from Purim DT Purim Tepperman

  7. Torah as Puzzle - DT Ki Tisa

    Reprinted by permission of the Cleveland Jewish News.

    This d'var Torah is one of a series influenced by the Me'am Loez Sephardic Torah commentary. 

    In Jewish tradition, God is not so much in the details as in the relationships that hold the details together. Ki Tisa, this week's Torah portion, offers several outstanding examples of the temporal and spatial location of events described in the Torah portion.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/torah-puzzle-rearranging-parts

    Posted on: 2017/03/08 - 5:06pm

  8. Why Be Good? DT Ki TIsa

    I used to have interesting conversations with a friend who had studied for the Catholic priesthood in his youth. We talked about questions of ethics and morality from the perspectives of our two traditions. In one conversation, I mentioned that Jews don't really concern themselves with an afterlife, that you can attend services year after year and never hear anything about what happens after death. My friend was shocked and asked, “Well, then, why be good?”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/why-be-good

    Posted on: 2017/03/08 - 5:09pm

  9. Trying to Limit the Divine - DT Ki Tisa

    The overriding concern of the last portion of the Book of Exodus: how can one relate to God without shrinking God to the limitations of human insight and imagination? The bulk of the material, which begins with the Torah portion Terumah, deals with the intricate description of the construction of the Mishkan, the portable, tent-like sanctuary that was to be the spiritual center of Israelite life during the forty years of desert wandering.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/trying-limit-divine

    Posted on: 2017/03/08 - 5:15pm

  10. Statement on “Entry Bill”

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