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  1. The Well of Tradition and Miriam's Well - DT Hukat

    One of our people's greatest strengths is using our tradition as a wellspring to renew our heritage as we pass it down from generation to generation. As Jews we have a living relationship with our past. Jewish history, Jewish traditions, and Jewish memories are not placed in museums and libraries for scholars to research. They are part of our people's daily lives. When we study our sacred texts, retell our stories, celebrate our successes and mourn our losses, we seek to make deep personal connections to our people's heritage.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/well-tradition-and-miriams-well

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:50pm

  2. The Ten Commentments DT Va'et'khanan

    The Torah reading of Va'et'khanan continues the retrospective view of the 40 years in the desert, given by Moses and ending in a list of “commandments, statutes and ordinances.” This is rich material—not only the ten commandments, but also the Shema, the credo statement of Judaism; we even find the passage for “the wise son” in the Haggadah.

    Let us focus on the ten commandments, quite enough to fill today's ticket.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/ten-commandments

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:56pm

  3. 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

  4. Dress of the High Priest DT Tetzaveh

  5. Singing of the Oppressed - DT Beshallakh

    This week's parashah includes one of the most familiar images in the Torah, that of the crossing of the Sea of Reeds (or Red Sea, depending on one's translation). Most years, this story falls on or near the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For the exodus from Egypt and the crossing of the sea are two of the central images to African-Americans as a representation of their quest for freedom from the days of slavery through the civil rights movement.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/singing-oppressed

    Posted on: 2017/02/03 - 1:20pm

  6. Wade In The Water - DT Beshalakh

    Vayomer YHVH el Moshe: “Ma titz’ak ei’lai? Da’ber el B’nai Yisrael v’yisa’u!”

    Then YHVH said to Moses: “Why are you crying out to me? Speak to the Children of Israel, and tell them to get moving!” (Exodus 14:15)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/wade-water

    Posted on: 2017/02/06 - 12:53pm

  7. "Hearing" The "Voice" of God - DT Yitro

    What does it mean to “hear” the commanding “voice” of God? A key word in this week's portion suggests that it is not necessarily all that clear. Moreover, one particularly trenchant verse in the haftarah reinforces the problem with understanding revelation (which I am equating with the notion of hearing the commanding voice of God).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/hearing-voice-god

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 3:29pm

  8. The Akeida: Questions of Sacrifice

    Each year, on the second day of Rosh Hashana we discuss the Akeida - the story for the binding and near sacrifice of Isaac. Each year we, collectively, struggle with the psychological impact and the personal ethics of the story. How could a father do such a thing? What did Isaac feel? What did Abraham feel? What did Sarah feel? What did God feel? What did the ram feel? We discuss these issues as if synagogue were a family therapy workshop. We take up the story as if it were a vignette in a modern novel, and that its point is to give us insight into the human psyche.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/akeida-questions-sacrifice

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 3:43pm

  9. Sinai and Humanity - SCR DT Yitro

    The words we find this week in chapter twenty of the Book of Exodus have undoubtedly influenced more individuals in the Western world than any other words in the entire Torah. They are called in Hebrew, aseret hadibrot, “the ten utterances,” but most people know them simply as, “The Ten Commandments.” 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/sinai-and-humanity

    Posted on: 2017/02/14 - 11:36am

  10. DT Beshalakh Joel Hecker - Staff and Zohar

    “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it apart, that the Israelites may come into the midst of the sea on dry land” (Exodus 14:16).

    What is the nature of this staff? Is it a walking stick? Sign of God’s power? Or magical device?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/evil-and-compassion-two-sides-one-staff

    Posted on: 2017/02/14 - 11:55am

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