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  1. Michael Strassfeld

    Michael Strassfeld is a 1991 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is the rabbi emeritus of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, the Reconstructionist synagogue in Manhattan founded by Mordecai Kaplan. He is the author of A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice and is one of the co-editors of the Jewish Catalog.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/profile/rabbi-michael-strassfeld

    Posted on: 2017/09/29 - 12:49pm

  2. Rabbi Benjamin Barnett

    Prior to joining Havurah Shalom in August 2017, Benjamin Barnett served as the Rabbi of Beit Am, a pluralistic Jewish Community in Corvallis. Originally from the Chicago area, he received his BA in English from the University of Michigan and his rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/profile/rabbi-benjamin-barnett

    Posted on: 2017/10/10 - 10:46am

  3. DT Lekh Lekha Ellen Dannin

    If ever there were a person for whom Psalm 145 — the Ashrei — was written, it is Avraham. Ashrei begins: “Happy are they who dwell in your house” and then continues through the Hebrew alphabet to list God’s attributes and blessings bestowed on us and our reasons for giving thanks.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/avraham-happiness-and-gods-open-hand

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:11pm

  4. Be a Blessing - DT Lekh Lekha SPN

    The parashah begins with God’s call to Avram (his name won’t be changed to Avraham until later) to “Go forth from your land, from your kindred, from your father’s house, to the land that I will let you see. I will make a great nation of you and will give you blessing and will make your name great. Be a blessing!”
     

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

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:24pm

  5. 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

  6. Filling in the Missing Pieces of Sarah's Life

    Should we be surprised that a parasha entitled Hayey Sarah, “the life of Sarah”, in fact opens with the death of Sarah, and encompasses nothing of her life story?

    Torah is full of round-about tales and messages. Here is one that is perhaps more significant for being less straightforward. It is about Sarah, and yet not about one person, for it clearly connects to the origins of a people.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/filling-missing-pieces-sarahs-life

    Posted on: 2017/11/03 - 12:33pm

  7. Abraham's Second Life DT Hayey Sarah

    In the Stone Edition Chumash, the brief note on Genesis 25:1-11, which summarizes Abraham’s life after the death of his wife, Sarah, and the marriage of their son, Isaac, to Rebecca, reveals more about human life

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/abrahams-second-life

    Posted on: 2017/11/03 - 12:41pm

  8. Quality or Quantity? DT Hayey Sarah

    “And the life of Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years; these were the years of the life of Sarah…” begins our Torah portion this week. Interestingly, Sarah’s age is not revealed with any sense of awe for the number of years she lived. Was there something different about the way our ancestors aged or counted? Or is there something we are missing in our reading of the story?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/quality-or-quantity

    Posted on: 2017/11/07 - 5:02pm

  9. Questioning Jacob's and Rebecca's Behavior DT Toldot Gluskin

    In the Torah, Rebecca and Jacob use deception to get Jacob the birthright due to his brother Esau. It is natural and healthy to question the behavior of Jacob and Rebecca. Our ancestors don’t have to be perfect to gain our interest. In fact, they may be more interesting because they are flawed. By studying these characters and trying to figure them out, we learn more about ourselves.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/questioning-jacobs-and-rebeccas-behavior

    Posted on: 2017/11/09 - 12:21pm

  10. Isaac, Digger of Wells DT Dannin Toldot

    In Toldot, we come at last to Isaac’s story. And this year, as most years, we read it as we enter late autumn: a transitional time, the secular — or at least non-Jewish — equivalent to the transitional period that begins with Rosh HaShanah — New Year’s Day — and continues on through late summer/early autumn to Simchat Torah. The Jewish New Year observances begin as summer, warmth, and growth give way to decline. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this secular period begins as autumn is about to give way to winter.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/isaac-digger-wells

    Posted on: 2017/11/09 - 12:40pm

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