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  1. Danger of Religious Fanaticism - DT Vayekhi

    [Editor's note: This piece was written for Martin Luther King weekend several years ago, and refers to specific events occuring at the time it was written. However, its insights remain relevant over a decade later.]

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/danger-religious-fanaticism

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 2:56pm

  2. She Said No!

    Based on Chapter 1 of the Book of Esther

    Without her gown, He summoned her down
    Said it was his right, As a man with a crown
    He was obsessed; She should be undressed
    Vashti refused to be, a woman oppressed.

    CHORUS:
    She said “no” to the king,
    She said “no” to the king,
    She said “no-no-no-no-no-no-no”
    She said “no” to the king!

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/she-said-no

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 1:47pm

  3. My Brother's Keeper DT Vayishlakh Eron

    Few conflicts are as significant in our lives as our struggles with those who are most close to us: the members of our family. Who we were, who we are and who we will become is most clearly seen in our relationships with our parents, our siblings, our spouses and our children. Our ability to move beyond our conflicts to an attitude of acceptance and affection is a measure of our growth as human beings. Our deepest felt experiences are those of familial love and loss, and alienation and reconciliation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/my-brothers-keeper

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 7:01pm

  4. Taking Down the Sukkah

    These days, it doesn't take me very long to put up my sukkah. When it was new, it took me a while to figure out how the parts fit together, but now I have it down to a science. I lay the poles on the ground and connect them one by one to make the frame. Then I hang the tarpaulins that form the walls and place the bamboo mat on the top for the roof. When that's all done, I ask the kids to come in and decorate it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/taking-down-sukkah

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 5:55pm

  5. Symbolism of Rainbows - DT Noakh

    In this week's parasha our attention is focused on Noah and his family's experience in the ark. The flood has subsided and the doors of the ark have opened. God has commanded Noah to exit the ark and to release the animals back into the world. (Genesis 8:15-19) God next declares that such a wholesale disaster will never be caused by God again. A covenant is established and God seals it by placing a rainbow in the sky: “This is the sign that I set for the covenant between Me and you, and every living creature with you, for all ages to come.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/symbolism-rainbows

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 5:48pm

  6. Beshalakh Niggun

    I love to sing. Although I was an instrumental musician earlier in my life and even attended a conservatory  as a saxophone player for my undergraduate studies, singing has always been in my soul. To sing in joy is perhaps one of the greatest pleasures a person can have in their life and is truly one of the ways we can serve God (ivdu et adonay besimkha).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/joyful-soulful-prayer-beshalakh-niggun

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 4:17pm

  7. Omer Song

    Words and music by Juliet I. Spitzer, performed by MIRAJ (Juliet Spitzer, Rabbi Margot Stein, Rabbi Rayzel Raphael)

    Come on now, count the Omer
    You can count the Omer
    Come on now, count the Omer
    1, 2, 3, 4 Count with me!

    During the time the Temple stood
    Folks would come on by
    Offering a barley sheaf as a way to sanctify
    Life which should be rich and full
    And never, never rote…
    Come on, let’s count the days between
    Passover and Shavuot.

    Now, now, now (Chorus) 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/omer-song

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 3:51pm

  8. Hasal Siddur Pesach

    This text is found at the end of the Passover haggadah. It can be read in context on Sefaria. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/hasal-siddur-pesach

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 3:42pm

  9. Shalom Aleychem - Contemporary

    Music: Rabbi Steve Segar
    Text: Traditional Liturgy
    Arrangement and performance: Rabbi Shawn Zevit with Rabbi Margot Stein and Rayzel Raphael.

    From Generations: Journey Across the Ages by Shawn Zevit.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/shalom-aleychem-contemporary

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 4:02pm

  10. A D'var Torah for Tetzaveh - DT Eric Mendelsohn

    This Torah portion consists of the ordination of Aaron and his descendants as priests, vast descriptions of the vestments that the priest should wear, and the law of the half-shekel temple tax. This segment was probably rewritten in King Josiah's time, and again during the exile, and again upon the return to conform to what the priests were wearing at that time. Nothing in this parasha of direct relevance to Judaism, even to traditional Jewish practice, survived the destruction of the Temple, though Jews have chosen to dress the Torah in a mimicry of the priestly vestments.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/dvar-torah-tetzaveh

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 12:28pm

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