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  1. Meeting Angels DT Vayetzey

    And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And Jacob said when he saw them: “This is God’s camp.” And he called the place, “Makhanaim.” Genesis 32:2-3 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/meeting-angels

    Posted on: 2017/11/15 - 8:10pm

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Welcoming Strangers, Welcoming Angels

    B’shem Hashem elohei yisrael
    Miyimini Michael u’mismoli gavriel
    Umilfanai uriel um’akhorai refael
    V’al roshi, v’al roshi, shekhinat el.

    In the name of God, the God of Israel
    To my right is Michael, to my left is Gavriel
    In front of me Uriel, and behind me Rafael
    And on my mind, and over me, Shekhinat El

    —From traditional bedtime Shema, with my loose translation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/welcoming-strangers-welcoming-angels

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 2:24pm

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Haazinu When Will We Ever Learn DT Mira Wasserman

    Originally published at the Jewish Exponent on September 20, 2017 as Haazinu: When Will We Ever Learn?

    It has been almost five years since my father called to tell me he was eating a tuna sandwich for lunch.

    Normally, such an event is unremarkable, certainly not worthy of a special call. But there was something special about that sandwich, and the circumstances under which it was eaten.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/when-will-we-ever-learn

    Posted on: 2017/09/26 - 2:36pm

  10. RRA Contributions to Elul Project

    Six Reconstructionist rabbis were asked to write on the subject “Welcoming the Stranger” for their colleagues, in the RRA Connections newsletters. We’ve collected their contributions below. 

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/rra-contributions

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 5:34pm

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