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  1. 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

  2. Jacob Staub on Miketz - Rosner's Domain

    Rabbi Jacob Staub discusses Parashat Miketz with Shmuel Rosner of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/rabbi-jacob-staub-discusses-parashat-miketz

    Posted on: 2017/01/05 - 1:42pm

  3. DT Vaykhi Steven Carr Reuben

    A woman in our congregation once came to see me with a heavy heart. Her son was soon to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. She told me a sad but unfortunately all too familiar tale of enmity and anger, silence and deep-seated hurt between members of her immediate family. How her mother hadn’t spoken to her brother in years, and her father hadn’t spoken to her sister in years, and neither the father nor the mother (both divorced now) had spoken to each other for years either.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/courage-and-forgiveness

    Posted on: 2017/01/11 - 4:25pm

  4. DT Va'era Steven Carr Reuben

    Names are very important. They have a power all their own. There are names that inspired revolutions and overturned entire civilizations. There are names that have struck terror into the hearts of all who heard them. And of course there are many who claim that the sweetest sound that a human being ever hears is the sound of his or her own name.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/naming-divine

    Posted on: 2017/01/11 - 4:39pm

  5. Shemot DT Lewis Eron

    One of the sad ironies of leadership is that leaders frequently come to believe the lies they tell and then make “reasoned” decisions based on those lies, often with disastrous results. As rulers of all sorts trick us by manipulating with such powerful emotions, such as our fear of strangers and our worry for our security, they, too, are tricked. They come to believe their own tales, get entangled in their lies. Terrible things happen, suffering increases, and policies built on lies lead, all too often, to disgrace, dishonor and defeat. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/trapped-our-own-lies

    Posted on: 2017/01/11 - 5:15pm

  6. DT Vaykhi Mackenzie Reynolds 2016

    The following is adapted from a d’var Torah given by RRC student Mackenzie Reynolds in early 2017 at a gathering of congregational presidents and rabbis at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a Reconstructionist Synagogue in New York. 

    “If I have found grace in your sight, don’t bury me in Egypt,” Jacob asks of Joseph in this week’s parsha, Vay’khi. A midrash continues:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/have-you-no-decency-midrash-and-centrality-love

    Posted on: 2017/01/13 - 11:49am

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Prophets and Sages - Vayigash DT Eron

    The difference between a prophet and a sage is where each discovers God working in our lives. The prophet studies the future and points out the opportunities for righteousness and goodness that we may encounter in our life's journey. The sage looks into the past and shows us how we made way for God's healing presence and loving power in the choices we made and the paths we followed. The prophet fortifies us with the gift of hope. The sage strengthens us with the gift of meaning.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/prophets-and-sages

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 7:25pm

  10. Joseph The Favorite Son DT Miketz

    Joseph, the dreamer and interpreter of dreams, is the son of a dreamer. It is no surprise that he is Jacob’s favorite son. Young Jacob dreamed of a stairway reaching to heaven, traveled by angels. In a dream-like state, Jacob wrestled.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/joseph-favorite-son

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 7:31pm

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