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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. How to Remember, How to Forget: Evil Must Not Define Us

    (This teaching on Parashat Ki Teitzei was given by Seth Rosen, chair of our board of governors, at Congregation Dor Hadash, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sept. 14, 2019 — eleven months after the synagogue attack.)

    Shabbat shalom!

    I want to begin by telling you what a privilege it is to stand in front of this community, and how grateful my wife Joan and I are for your invitation to be a part of this congregation, even if only for one Shabbat weekend.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/amalek-and-memory-pittsburgh-evil-must-not-define-us

    Posted on: 2019/09/14 - 12:00am

  3. Purim D'var Torah Elyse Wechterman Jstreet 2020

    This d’var Torah for Purim was originally posted on the J Street website on March 5, 2020 as The Two-Way Street | Purim: The Danger Of A Single Story. It was based on the text study Purim, Prejudice and the Dangers of a Single Story (PDF) presented by American Jewish World Service.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/purim-danger-single-story

    Posted on: 2020/03/06 - 9:48am

  4. A Plague of Darkness - Passover DT Strassfeld

    There is a plague of darkness that has fallen not only on our land but upon the world. Actually, there are many plagues — just as in Egypt they seem to come in groups even though just one plague would be more than enough — dayyenu. The coronavirus is certainly a plague that has affected every family, passing over some homes but striking too many others.

    There is also a plague of scarcity:
    A shortage of ventilators, protective gear and hospital beds. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/plague-darkness

    Posted on: 2020/03/31 - 1:53pm

  5. Parshat Bo 2021: The Rituals of Democracy - Yael Ridberg

    (Written for Shabbat Bo, January 22, 2021, and originally published at The Times of Israel as “The Rituals of American Democracy” Used with kind permission.) 

    Wednesday morning, I settled in to watch the inaugural events unfold. I was filled with anticipation and relief that the last four years were over, and a new era was about to begin. I was transfixed watching the guests arrive at the Capitol only two weeks after the temple of democracy was overrun by a seditious mob.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/rituals-democracy

    Posted on: 2021/01/22 - 9:36am

  6. Zakhor text study - Amalek - Out There or In Here?

    The Shabbat before the holiday of Purim is known as Shabbat Zakhor (“Remember!”). We read an additional Torah passage (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) recalling Amalek, a genocidal enemy from our distant past who is both the spiritual and physical ancestor of Haman, the villain of the Purim story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/amalek-out-there-or-here-text-study-shabbat-zakhor

    Posted on: 2021/02/19 - 10:20am

  7. Tetzaveh / Purim 2021 - Yael Ridberg

    Purim 2020 was the last in-person event celebrated by many Jewish communities around the country before the COVID-19 shutdown. Little did we understand that the essential psychological principle of Purim of hafichut – the reversibility of our world – would come to mean something even more profound than what we had come to expect. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/righting-world-turned-upside-down

    Posted on: 2021/02/26 - 12:28pm

  8. Jacob DT Pre-Passover Covid 2020

    This d’var Torah was written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Passover 2020 approached. While the specific circumstances have changed since its writing, the spiritual insights remain deeply relevant.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/what-true-moment

    Posted on: 2020/03/26 - 12:41pm

  9. Akharey Mot-Kedoshim d'var Torah - Yael Ridberg - 2021 week of George Floyd murder trial

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