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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Text study on gate for Ne'ilah - Gates Locked and Unlocked

    This text study examines the vivid image of gates closing at the end of Yom Kippur.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/gates-locked-and-unlocked-yom-kippur-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:45pm

  6. Choose Life! DT Nitzavim Kligler

    Ha’edoti va’chem ha’yom et ha’shamayim v’et ha’aretz: ha’chayim v’ha’mavet natati l’fanecha, ha’bracha v’ha’klala. u’vacharta ba’chayim, l’ma’an tichyeh atah v’zarecha.

    הַעִידֹ֨תִי בָכֶ֣ם הַיּוֹם֮ אֶת־הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם וְאֶת־הָאָרֶץ֒ הַחַיִּ֤ים וְהַמָּ֙וֶת֙ נָתַ֣תִּי לְפָנֶ֔יךָ הַבְּרָכָ֖ה וְהַקְּלָלָ֑ה וּבָֽחַרְתָּ֙ בַּֽחַיִּ֔ים לְמַ֥עַן תִּחְיֶ֖ה אַתָּ֥ה וְזַרְעֶֽךָ׃

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/choose-life

    Posted on: 2017/09/11 - 2:40pm

  7. Standing Together in Covenant DT HC Nitzavim/Vayelech

    This week’s double Torah portion opens with the words “You stand this day, all of you, before the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 29:9). A covenantal moment is too important to be trusted only into the hands of just the leaders, officials, priests—or board members and paid professionals. Everyone, from the chieftains to “the woodcutters and water carriers,” even “strangers” (non-Israelites dwelling among the Israelites) must be there to witness and affirm it. The wording suggests not an event that happened once, but an ongoing or reoccurring phenomenon.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/standing-together-covenant

    Posted on: 2017/09/11 - 2:29pm

  8. Standing Together This Day DT Nitzavim/Vayelech

    This week’s parasha is the double portion Nitzavim/Vayelekh. At the beginning of the parasha Moses tells the Jewish people, “You stand this day, all of you, before the Eternal your God…to enter into the covenant of the Eternal your God, which the Eternal your God is concluding with you this day…that God may establish you this day as God’s people and be your God.” 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/standing-together-day

    Posted on: 2017/09/11 - 12:50pm

  9. The Inner Witness DT Kligler Ki Tavo

    Arur makeh re’ehu ba’sateir – v’amar kol ha’am “Amen”

    אָר֕וּר מַכֵּ֥ה רֵעֵ֖הוּ בַּסָּ֑תֶר וְאָמַ֥ר כָּל־הָעָ֖ם אָמֵֽן׃

    Cursed be the one who strikes down their fellow in secret – and all the people shall say, “Amen.” (Deuteronomy 27:24)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/inner-witness

    Posted on: 2017/09/01 - 10:20am

  10. Serving God in Gladness DT Eron Ki Tavo

    It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we will be begin the fall holidays with the celebration of Rosh Ha-Shanah, the Jewish New Year. While we often think of this season as a time of solemn observance to be approached with awe and reverence, the High Holy Days are truly festive days, as well. On these holidays, we celebrate God’s presence in our lives and the opportunity that presence offers us to be better people. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/serving-god-gladness

    Posted on: 2017/09/01 - 10:14am

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