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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Mussar and Text Sources on Climate Change

    This document contains two study guides which use Jewish texts and sources to offer wisdom on global climate change.

    “Mussar as a Jewish Resource on Climate Change and All Else” draws on Ira Stone’s book A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar  (NY: Aviv Press, 2006).

    “Jewish Texts as Resources on Global Climate Change” is a compilation of excerpts prepared by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb in 2003.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/mussar-and-text-sources-climate-change

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 12:30pm

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. "Where Was God?" - Lesson Plan On Natural Disasters and Parashat Noah

    During disasters and their aftermaths, many people wonder about God’s role in their suffering. This lesson seeks to explore God’s role in tragedy from a Jewish Reconstructionist perspective. This lesson is intended for children ages 8-12.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/where-was-god-lesson-plan-natural-disasters-and-parashat-noah

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 1:51pm

  7. Healing the Crushed Spirit - Shlakh Lekha DT Kligler

    וַנְּהִ֤י בְעֵינֵ֙ינוּ֙ כַּֽחֲגָבִ֔ים וְכֵ֥ן הָיִ֖ינוּ בְּעֵינֵיהֶֽם׃

    Va’nehi b’eineinu kachagavim, v’chen hayinu b’eineihem

    We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, so we certainly must have looked that way to them. (Bamidbar 13:33)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/healing-crushed-spirit

    Posted on: 2017/06/09 - 10:42am

  8. Putting Aside Fear for Courage - DT Shelakh SCR

    The signs of a spiritual renaissance are all around us.  Candidates are increasingly running for public office while openly touting their religious pedigrees as “believers” and even “born again” men and women.  The shelves in bookstores throughout the country are filled with the latest books on finding your spiritual path, discovering the meaning of life, embracing the light of spirituality and often understanding the most esoteric ancient mystical teachings in three easy lessons.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/putting-aside-fear-courage

    Posted on: 2017/06/09 - 10:47am

  9. Ruth and Lovingkindess Teaching Session Gedzelman

    As we look forward to reading the Book of Ruth on the holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi David Gedzelman explores the text with an eye towards literary elements which speak of how the Hebrew Bible pushes forward structures of covenantal openness, societal protection and compassion towards the other built on and transcending the requirements of the Law. 

    The handout for the study session is available here:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/book-ruth-torah-lovingkindness-face-death

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 2:05pm

  10. Recon Radio (Heart Mind and Spirit) on Shavuot

    This archival episode of Heart, Mind, and Spirit discusses the holiday of Shavuot. The discussion with Rabbis Linda Potemkin and Shai Gluskin was hosted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

    Note: We apologize that this program is currently inaccessible to those with hearing impairment. We hope to provide transcripts at a future date of audio materials from our back catalog.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/shavuot-audio-program

    Posted on: 2017/05/24 - 12:29pm

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