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  1. Shalom Aleychem - Contemporary

    Music: Rabbi Steve Segar
    Text: Traditional Liturgy
    Arrangement and performance: Rabbi Shawn Zevit with Rabbi Margot Stein and Rayzel Raphael.

    From Generations: Journey Across the Ages by Shawn Zevit.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/shalom-aleychem-contemporary

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 4:02pm

  2. Beshalakh Niggun

    I love to sing. Although I was an instrumental musician earlier in my life and even attended a conservatory  as a saxophone player for my undergraduate studies, singing has always been in my soul. To sing in joy is perhaps one of the greatest pleasures a person can have in their life and is truly one of the ways we can serve God (ivdu et adonay besimkha).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/joyful-soulful-prayer-beshalakh-niggun

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 4:17pm

  3. Symbolism of Rainbows - DT Noakh

    In this week's parasha our attention is focused on Noah and his family's experience in the ark. The flood has subsided and the doors of the ark have opened. God has commanded Noah to exit the ark and to release the animals back into the world. (Genesis 8:15-19) God next declares that such a wholesale disaster will never be caused by God again. A covenant is established and God seals it by placing a rainbow in the sky: “This is the sign that I set for the covenant between Me and you, and every living creature with you, for all ages to come.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/symbolism-rainbows

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 5:48pm

  4. Taking Down the Sukkah

    These days, it doesn't take me very long to put up my sukkah. When it was new, it took me a while to figure out how the parts fit together, but now I have it down to a science. I lay the poles on the ground and connect them one by one to make the frame. Then I hang the tarpaulins that form the walls and place the bamboo mat on the top for the roof. When that's all done, I ask the kids to come in and decorate it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/taking-down-sukkah

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 5:55pm

  5. My Brother's Keeper DT Vayishlakh Eron

    Few conflicts are as significant in our lives as our struggles with those who are most close to us: the members of our family. Who we were, who we are and who we will become is most clearly seen in our relationships with our parents, our siblings, our spouses and our children. Our ability to move beyond our conflicts to an attitude of acceptance and affection is a measure of our growth as human beings. Our deepest felt experiences are those of familial love and loss, and alienation and reconciliation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/my-brothers-keeper

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 7:01pm

  6. Passover Kiddush

    This track contains the Reconstructionist text of the Kiddush prayer for the Passover seder. It was recorded by Shabbat Unplugged, whose members are:

    The recording comes from the companion CD to the Reconstructionist Haggadah, A Night of Questions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/music/kiddush-passover

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 2:45pm

  7. Danger of Religious Fanaticism - DT Vayekhi

    [Editor's note: This piece was written for Martin Luther King weekend several years ago, and refers to specific events occuring at the time it was written. However, its insights remain relevant over a decade later.]

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/danger-religious-fanaticism

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 2:56pm

  8. Reconstructionist Radio: The Passover Seder

    This audio program, recorded in 1998, offers an overview of the structure, development and religious meanings of the haggadah and the Passover seder with Rabbis Joy Levitt and Richard Hirsh. It includes a special behind-the-scenes look at the Reconstructionist haggadah, A Night of Questions, and its accompanying music CD. This is an episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit: Reconstructionist Radio hosted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-radio-passover-seder

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 4:18pm

  9. Shabbat Hagadol DT Howard Cohen

    The Shabbat before Pesach is known as Shabbat HaGadol: The Great Shabbat. The special nature of the day is highlighted with a haftarah selected from the prophet Malachi. The words of this anonymous prophet (the name Malachi simply means “my messenger”), who lived around the middle of the 5th century BCE, are remarkably contemporary sounding. A closer look at what he has to say can be simultaneously comforting and frightening.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/shabbat-hagadol

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 4:47pm

  10. Strange Fire DT Shemini Steve Nathan

    Instead of a traditional d'var Torah on Parashat Shemini, I chose to write an original midrash about Nadav and Avihu. These two sons of Aaron the High Priest, after seeing Divine fire come down from heaven and devour the first sacrifice made in the newly-dedicated Mishkan (Sanctuary), decide to take matters into their own hands. They bring a “strange fire” before God, that God had not commanded them, and their punishment was to then be devoured by Divine fire.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/strange-fire-midrash

    Posted on: 2017/04/17 - 11:47pm

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