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  1. Retelling Our Story DT Devarim SCR

    I was sitting in my study a few years ago with a couple who had been members of my synagogue for over 35 years. They were recounting a recent experience they had when celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and it made me think about this week’s Torah portion. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/retelling-our-story

    Posted on: 2017/07/21 - 6:28pm

  2. Shabbat Hazon dt Richard Hirsh

    This week’s Torah portion is Devarim, the opening section of the last book of the Torah known in English as Deuteronomy. This Shabbat, however, is known as Shabbat Hazon, after the opening words of the special Haftara reading: “Hazon Y’Shayahu”, “[This is] the vision of [the prophet] Isaiah”. 

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

    Posted on: 2017/07/20 - 10:39am

  3. The Importance of Re-reading Torah - DT Hirsh

    This d’var Torah was written in 2010. Although it refers to some events occuring at that time, its larger message remains deeply relevant. -Ed.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/importance-re-reading-torah

    Posted on: 2017/07/14 - 2:20pm

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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