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  1. Crossing the Sea in Every Generation

    This d’var Torah on parashat Beshalakh was delivered at the January 2019 board meeting of Reconstructing Judaism by by Seth Rosen, board chair.

    On the first night of Convention, Rabbi Sid Schwarz joked about how happy he was to be addressing the largest gathering of Reconstructionists since Mt. Sinai. As I sat down to write about Beshalakh, this week’s parshah, the first thing that struck me was how right he was. Beshalakh doesn’t tell us who was at Sinai – but it sure seems like there were lot of Reconstructionists at the crossing of the sea.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/crossing-sea-every-generation

    Posted on: 2019/01/14 - 2:53pm

  2. Journeying from the Personal to the Communal - Vayakhel DT James Greene

    Up until this week’s portion, the Israelites are generally referred to as “b’nei Yisrael,” the Children of Israel. Only once had we been called, “beit Yisrael,” the House of Israel. It is with the completion of the Mishkan, the traveling sanctuary, that the people are generally called beit Yisrael, the House of Israel. We have been transformed from a people who share a common history, to a group of people who now share a common destiny.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/journeying-personal-communal

    Posted on: 2017/03/16 - 2:19pm

  3. DT Bo 2017 - Steven Carr Reuben

    “How do you know when you have really grown up?” I remember being asked that question one evening by one of my 10th grade Confirmation students, and how it produced one of the most thoughtful and reflective discussions we had that entire year. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/responsibility-and-hardened-heart

    Posted on: 2017/01/27 - 12:22pm

  4. Are We There Yet DT Behaalotcha Kligler

     

     שוַיְהִ֤י הָעָם֙ כְּמִתְאֹ֣נְנִ֔ים רַ֖ע בְּאָזְנֵ֣י ה׳

    Va’yehi ha’am k’mit’onenim ra b’oznei YHVH.

    The people took to complaining bitterly before YHVH (Bamidbar 11:1)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/are-we-there-yet

    Posted on: 2017/06/02 - 9:09am

  5. Honest Weights and Measures DT Eron

    Once, during the holy season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Hasidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, paused in his devotions and looking at his disciples with sad, tear-laden eyes, remarked, “What a funny world it is that we live in these days. There was a time, you know, when Jews would be scrupulously honest in the market place and be the most outrageous liars in the synagogue. These days, however, everything is reversed. The Jews are surprisingly honest in synagogue, but in the streets and market places, I’m ashamed to tell you.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/honest-weights-and-measures

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 1:17pm

  6. DT Naso Toba Spitzer

    (Originally published in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible)

    A number of years ago, Pride Weekend in Boston fell on the Shabbat of Parshat Naso. Preparing my d’var Torah for Shabbat morning services that week, I wondered, what might this portion have to teach about GLBT pride?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/impurity-blessing

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:34pm

  7. Turning Memory Into Empathy: The Torah's Ethical Charge

    One of the Torah’s central projects is to turn memory into empathy and moral responsibility. Appealing to our experience of defenselessness in Egypt, the Torah seeks to transform us into people who see those who are vulnerable and exposed rather than looking past them.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/turning-memory-empathy-torahs-ethical-charge

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 4:05pm

  8. The destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah - DT Vayera

    (Want to learn more about Jewish views on morality? Visit Ethics and Values.)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/destruction-cities-sodom-and-gomorrah

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:43pm

  9. DT Vaykhi Lewis Eron - The Goal of Life

    (Want to learn more about Jewish views on purpose and meaning? Visit Reconstructionism - Believing.)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/goal-life

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 1:18pm

  10. 2015 Annual Report

    RRC’s 2015 Annual Report, in video format. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/animated-annual-report

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:32pm

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