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  1. The Ascending Heart - DT Tzav Schein

    A colleague of mine once summarized the inner power of Judaism in the following way: Judaism challenges us “to ethicize ritual, and ritualize ethics.” Last week in this column we had a chance to explore what might be problematic in 20th/21st century Jewish life when ethics were stripped of ritual richness. This week, in parashat Tzav we see the opposite dynamic at work: the ethicizing of ritual.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/ascending-heart

    Posted on: 2017/03/28 - 3:52pm

  2. The Eternal Flame Within Us All - DT Tzav Berger

    A Jew walks into a synagogue and looks around. What can s/he expect to see? An area for prayer that includes an ark that contains at least one Torah; perhaps a table, a bima, in front of the ark as a focus area for the prayer service and the Torah reading; and finally, a light, either attached to the top of the ark in some way or hanging from the ceiling.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/eternal-flame-within-us-all

    Posted on: 2017/03/28 - 4:06pm

  3. Tzav: The Haftarah as Commentary - DT Kligler Tzav

    Va’yedaber YHVH el Moshe leimor: Tzav et Aharon v’et banav leimor: Zot torat ha’olah…

    And YHVH spoke to Moses, saying: Command Aaron and his sons thus: These are the instructions for the burnt offering…

    (Parashat Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-2)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/tzav-haftarah-commentary

    Posted on: 2017/03/28 - 4:10pm

  4. Jacob DT Pre-Passover Covid 2020

    This d’var Torah was written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Passover 2020 approached. While the specific circumstances have changed since its writing, the spiritual insights remain deeply relevant.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/what-true-moment

    Posted on: 2020/03/26 - 12:41pm