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  1. Sukkot: Yom Kippur's Counterbalance

  2. The Modern Meaning of Tisha b'Av

    The Jewish Memorial Day, The Fast of the Ninth of the Jewish month of Av, Tisha b'Av, marks the end of a three week period of mourning during which our people remember the series of events that led to the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of our people's first Temple on that date in the year 586 BCE.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/modern-meaning-tisha-bav

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:25am

  3. Future Prayer

    Isaiah 57:14-58:14

    Are these the words for the future prayer not yet in our mahzor, the one all the generations after us will recite?

    We heard the prophet say: “Prepare, prepare the road - clear away the stumbling blocks.” But instead, we have built walls across the roads to keep out those we fear.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/future-prayer

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:36am

  4. Filling the Earth with God's Presence

    Haftarah Yitro from last week includes words so important they were made part of the service: “Holy, holy, holy! All the earth is filled with the presence of the Lord of Hosts.”

    Or it could be, if we made room for that presence.

    Making room for God is a task set for us by all of Jewish teaching, and it is one whose details are included in Parashat Mishpatim.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/filling-earth-gods-presence

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:45am

  5. Israel in Our Lives: Life-Long Learning About the Land of Israel

    This is a curriculum for Israel education, from early childhood through adulthood. The author encourages people of all ages to connect to the land of Israel through language, liturgy, song, trips and relationships.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/israel-our-lives-life-long-learning-about-land-israel

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 12:59pm

  6. Pinhas DT on egal

    Towards the beginning of Parashat Pinhas, we read the story of the daughters of Zelophehad. After Moses instructs the people on the division of the Promised Land once they enter it he also informs them that the land will pass from father to son so that it will remain within the tribes. Upon hearing this the five daughters of Zelophehad confront Moses with the fact that their father died in the desert leaving behind only daughters. Given the new laws their land would be lost from their family.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/equal-god

    Posted on: 2016/06/15 - 2:25pm

  7. Transitioning Leadership - Pinhas DT

    One of the most difficult tasks faced by a community is the orderly transition of power from one leader to the next. Every nation, religious group, society, organization, and family inevitably faces the challenge of how to transfer allegiance and authority from the accepted leader to the appointed successor. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/transitioning-leadership

    Posted on: 2016/06/15 - 2:31pm

  8. Balaam Recognizes the One God - Balak DT

    This week's portion is called Balak, after the name of the Moabite monarch who sought to bring doom on the Israelites as they approached the end of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Israel.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/balaam-recognizes-one-god

    Posted on: 2016/06/15 - 2:36pm

  9. On Being A Paradox Jew

    Some three and a half months ago we read in Parashat Ki Tisa about the two tablets containing the Aseret HaDibrot (Ten Commandments) that were smashed by Moshe Rabbenu on the bare rock of Har Sinai. That incident still echoes with us as we look this week at Parshat Hukat and the Para Adumah - the Red Heifer. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/being-paradox-jew

    Posted on: 2016/06/15 - 3:10pm

  10. Leadership - DT Korah

    This week's parasha is Korah. It takes it's name from that of Moses' fellow from the tribe of Levi, Korah, who attempted to lead a rebellion against Moses. Korah led the rebellion because he believed that Moses and Aaron were claiming to be holier than the rest of the community. Korah believed that all of the people were holy and that they should share in the special relationship with God. In short, he wanted to be a priest as well.

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

    Posted on: 2016/06/15 - 3:32pm

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