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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. DT Miketz 2016 Love Trumps Power

    “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit….” (Zechariah 4:6)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/love-trumps-power

    Posted on: 2016/12/24 - 12:00am

  4. Wrestling With... DT Vayishlakh SPN

    (This week’s parashah, Vayishlah, tells the story of the reuniting of Yaakov and Esau, which is preceded by Yaakov’s night-long wrestling encounter on the banks of the Jabbok with a mysterious man/angel. This is my interpretation of this parashah and the “sequel” to an earlier commentary I wrote on an imagined Esau-Cain encounter from parashat Vayetzey.)

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

    Posted on: 2017/11/20 - 2:53pm

  5. Allegorical Interpretation of the Song of Songs - DT Passover

    Today I would like to talk about lessons from the Passover story as can be learned from the Song of Songs.  First, though, I would like to give a brief introduction to the book itself.  The Song of Songs or the song of Solomon which it is also called, is one of the five scrolls read on various holidays throughout the year. The entire book is a  series of love songs in poetic form.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/allegorical-interpretation-song-songs

    Posted on: 2007/05/30 - 12:00am

  6. Go to Yourself: Abraham and the Spiritual Journey DT Kligler

    And YHVH said to Abram, “Lekh Lekha (go forth, but literally go to yourself) from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)

     

    וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/go-yourself-abraham-and-spiritual-journey

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:42pm

  7. Love the Stranger As Yourself DT Kligler Kedoshim

  8. Blood - Aharei Mot DT Dannin

    References to blood appear at least sixty-five times in the Torah, and more, depending on how you do the counting and excluding references to menses. In this parashah, it appears primarily in connection with sacrifices (Lev.16:14-15, 16:18-19, 16:27, 17:3-6).

    But the more intriguing reference is in Lev. 17:10-14, where we are told:

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

    Posted on: 2018/04/20 - 1:49pm

  9. 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

  10. Tzara'at and Selfishness DT Metzora Cohen

    Parshat Metzora deals with a peculiar condition called tzara’at that afflicts skin, surfaces of walls and clothing. This condition has long been erroneously translated into English as “leprosy.” However, tzara’at is not Hansen’s Disease, the clinical name for leprosy. For starters, the symptoms are not at all similar. Moreover, the rules associated with tzara’at do not make sense if the disease is contagious.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/tzaraat-and-selfishness

    Posted on: 2017/04/24 - 3:03pm

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