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  1. Making the Epic Personal DT Mas'ey Eron

    The Torah portion Mas’ey (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13), which concludes Sefer Bamidbar (the Book of Numbers), brings us to the end of our ancestors’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Forty years have passed since the Exodus. A new generation, born in freedom, has replaced the last generation to experience slavery. This generation has proven itself in battle. It is proud, self-assured, and ready to engage in the struggle to win and hold a new land. It will not be held back by the fears that constrained its parents.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/making-epic-personal

    Posted on: 2017/07/14 - 2:08pm

  2. Matot-Mas'ey: The Inner Journey DT Kligler

    Eileh mas’ei v’nei Yisrael asher yatz’u me’eretz Mitzrayim

     אֵ֜לֶּה מַסְעֵ֣י בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָצְא֛וּ מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם לְצִבְאֹתָ֑ם בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁ֖ה וְאַהֲרֹֽן׃

    These are the journeys of the Children of Israel after leaving the Land of Egypt
    (Numbers 33:1)

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

    Posted on: 2017/07/14 - 1:47pm

  3. How Good It Is - DT Balak Kligler

    Mah tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael / מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ  יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל

    How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel (Numbers 24:5)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/how-good-it

    Posted on: 2017/06/30 - 12:50pm

  4. Hukat DT Arlene Berger

    In Genesis 50:10-11, Joseph observed a seven-day mourning period for his father Jacob, mourning bitterly and loudly.  When the Caaanites witnessed this, they observed that the people were holding “a solemn ceremony of mourning.” From this we derive the practice of shiva where we observe a specific period of mourning for those close to us. After the mourning period was over, Joseph and the mourners returned to Egypt to resume their daily lives.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/reacting-loss

    Posted on: 2017/06/23 - 5:00pm

  5. Healing the Crushed Spirit - Shlakh Lekha DT Kligler

    וַנְּהִ֤י בְעֵינֵ֙ינוּ֙ כַּֽחֲגָבִ֔ים וְכֵ֥ן הָיִ֖ינוּ בְּעֵינֵיהֶֽם׃

    Va’nehi b’eineinu kachagavim, v’chen hayinu b’eineihem

    We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, so we certainly must have looked that way to them. (Bamidbar 13:33)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/healing-crushed-spirit

    Posted on: 2017/06/09 - 10:42am

  6. Putting Aside Fear for Courage - DT Shelakh SCR

    The signs of a spiritual renaissance are all around us.  Candidates are increasingly running for public office while openly touting their religious pedigrees as “believers” and even “born again” men and women.  The shelves in bookstores throughout the country are filled with the latest books on finding your spiritual path, discovering the meaning of life, embracing the light of spirituality and often understanding the most esoteric ancient mystical teachings in three easy lessons.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/putting-aside-fear-courage

    Posted on: 2017/06/09 - 10:47am

  7. Shavuot DT SCR

    Revelation is a tricky thing. For Moses it took place at age 80 while standing in front of a burning bush. For Abraham it was in Haran at age 75 when he heard the voice of God telling him to take a different path from his ancestors and become a blessing to all the families of the world. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/revelation-gift

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 11:56am

  8. Bamidbar - Everyone Counts - Kligler DT

    Se’u et rosh kol adat B’nei Yisrael… / שְׂא֗וּ אֶת־רֹאשׁ֙ כָּל־עֲדַ֣ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל
    Take a head-count of the entire community of the Children of Israel… (B’midbar 1:2)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/everyone-counts

    Posted on: 2017/05/18 - 11:07am

  9. Blessings and Curses DT Behukotai

    At the end of the traditional Birkat HaMazon, the Grace after the Meal, is a verse from the Book of Psalms that reads, “Once I was young and now I have grown old but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned nor his children begging for food” (Psalm 37:25). It is one of a series of biblical verses acknowledging God as the one who sustains all. There are many ways to sing the verse but I was taught to drop my voice when I came to this passage and recite it in a whisper. Why?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/blessings-and-curses

    Posted on: 2016/06/16 - 1:12pm

  10. Land DT Behar

    Parashat Behar is primarily concerned with rules and regulations pertaining to the land of Israel. We read the description of the laws governing the sabbatical (“Shmitta”) years in which the land was to lie fallow one out of every seven years. We learn of the idea of the Jubilee year, which occurred every fifty years, when property that had passed out of a family by reason of economic necessity reverted to the original owners.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/land

    Posted on: 2016/06/16 - 1:27pm

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