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Reconstructionist Torah Commentary

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Genesis
Bereyshit | Genesis 1:1-6:8
Shabbat and Holiness Steven Nathan
Kaplan on Creation: An Explanation of Jewish Mission Mel Scult
No'akh | Genesis 6:9-11:32
Symbolism of Rainbows Howard Cohen
Lekh-Lekha | Genesis 12:1-17:27
Go to Yourself: Abraham and the Spiritual Journey Jonathan Kligler
Avraham, Happiness, and God's Open Hand Ellen Dannin
Be a Blessing Steven Nathan
Vayera | Genesis 18:1-22:24
The Akeida: Questions of Sacrifice Sydney Nestel
Welcoming Strangers, Welcoming Angels Hannah Spiro
The Destruction of the Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah Steven Nathan
Hayey Sarah | Genesis 23:1-25:18
Filling in the Missing Pieces of Sarah's Life Elizabeth Bolton
Abraham's Second Life Lewis Eron
Quality or Quantity? Micah Becker-Klein
Toldot | Genesis 25:19-29:9
Isaac, Digger of Wells Ellen Dannin
Questioning Jacob's and Rebecca's Behavior Shai Gluskin
Vayetzey | Genesis 28:10-32:3
A Seasonal Hint: Jacob Didn't Ask for That Much Stuff! Arlene Berger
Meeting Angels Lewis Eron
Vayishlakh | Genesis 32:4-36:43
My Brother's Keeper Lewis Eron
Connecting the Dots Ellen Dannin
Wrestling With... Steven Nathan
Vayeshev | Genesis 37:1-40:23
Tamar the Hidden Ellen Dannin
Tamar and Judah Ellen Dannin
Miketz | Genesis 41:1-44:17
Love Trumps Power Jeremy Schwartz
Joseph, The Favorite Son Elizabeth Bolton
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of Steven Carr Reuben
Vayigash | Genesis 44:18-47:27
If I Had Only Known - Parashat Vayigash Steven Carr Reuben
Prophets and Sages Lewis Eron
Vay'khi | Genesis 47:28-50:26
Courage and Forgiveness Steven Carr Reuben
Have You No Decency? Midrash and the Centrality of Love Mackenzie Reynolds
The Goal of Life Lewis Eron
The Danger of Religious Fanaticism James Greene
Exodus
Shemot | Exodus 1:1-6:1
Trapped In Our Own Lies Lewis Eron
These Are The Names Micah Becker-Klein
Va'era | Exodus 6:2-9:35
Naming the Divine Steven Carr Reuben
Moses' Double Mission Lewis Eron
A Plague of Darkness Michael Strassfeld
Bo | Exodus 10:1-13:16
Responsibility and the Hardened Heart Steven Carr Reuben
What Is True In This Moment Jacob Staub
A Plague of Darkness Michael Strassfeld
The Rituals of Democracy Yael Ridberg
Beshalakh | Exodus 13:17-17:16
The Singing of the Oppressed Steven Nathan
Wade In The Water Jonathan Kligler
Evil and Compassion: Two Sides of One Staff Joel Hecker
Jewish Continuity and the origins of "Ben Hur" Eric Mendelsohn
Crossing the Sea in Every Generation Seth Rosen
Yitro | Exodus 18:1-20:26
"Hearing" The "Voice" of God Howard Cohen
Sinai and Humanity Steven Carr Reuben
Mishpatim | Exodus 21:1-24:18
Filling the Earth with God's Presence Ellen Dannin
Turning Memory into Empathy: The Torah’s Ethical Charge Shai Held
Terumah | Exodus 25:1-27:19
Wherever We Let God In Steven Carr Reuben
Blueprint for a Full Jewish Life Jeffrey Schein
Amalek: Out There, or In Here? A Text Study for Shabbat Zakhor Michael Fessler
Do You Want To Be A Millionaire? Lewis Eron
Tetzaveh | Exodus 27:20-30:10
On Holding High Jewish Office: Do Clothes Make the Man? Jeffrey Schein
Why Moses Did Not Become A Priest Steven Nathan
The Dress of the High Priest Ellen Dannin
A D'var Torah for Tetzaveh Eric Mendelsohn
Righting a World Turned Upside Down Yael Ridberg
Ki Tisa | Exodus 30:11-34:35
The Torah as Puzzle: Rearranging the Parts Jeffrey Schein
Why Be Good? Ellen Dannin
Trying to Limit the Divine Lewis Eron
Vayak'hel | Exodus 35:1-38:20
Journeying from the Personal to the Communal James Greene
Coming Together Steven Carr Reuben
The Importance of Vision Jeffrey Schein
Pekudey | Exodus 38:21-40:38
The Importance of Vision Jeffrey Schein
Journeying from the Personal to the Communal James Greene
Coming Together Steven Carr Reuben
Leviticus
Vayikra | Leviticus 1:1-5:26
The Spiritual Tools of Leviticus Steven Carr Reuben
Drawing Close to Sacrifice Ellen Dannin
Where Does the Spirit of Sacrifice Take Us? Jeffrey Schein
What Is True In This Moment Jacob Staub
Tzav | Leviticus 6:1-8:36
The Ascending Heart Jeffrey Schein
The Eternal Flame Within Us All Arlene Berger
Tzav: The Haftarah as Commentary Jonathan Kligler
What Is True In This Moment Jacob Staub
Shemini | Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Strange Fire: A Midrash Steven Nathan
Tazri'a | Leviticus 12:1-13:59
The Gift of Impermanence: A Story for Parashat Tazria/Metzora David Stein
Tzara'at and Selfishness Howard Cohen
Finding Healing in Separation Steven Nathan
Birth of Humility Steven Carr Reuben
Illness and Connection Steven Carr Reuben
Metzora | Leviticus 14:1-15:33
The Gift of Impermanence: A Story for Parashat Tazria/Metzora David Stein
Tzara'at and Selfishness Howard Cohen
Finding Healing in Separation Steven Nathan
Illness and Connection Steven Carr Reuben
Akharey Mot | Leviticus 16:1-18:30
Life, Death and Holiness Steven Carr Reuben
Blood Ellen Dannin
The Mighty Waters of Justice & Love Yael Ridberg
Kedoshim | Leviticus 19:1-20:27
Life, Death and Holiness Steven Carr Reuben
Love the Stranger as Yourself Jonathan Kligler
The Mighty Waters of Justice & Love Yael Ridberg
Emor | Leviticus 21:1-24:23
An Eye For An Eye? Jonathan Kligler
It's Not Fair! Steven Carr Reuben
Behar | Leviticus 25:1-26:2
Blessings and Curses Lewis Eron
Land Richard Hirsh
Bekhukotay | Leviticus 26:3-27:34
Blessings and Curses Lewis Eron
Land Richard Hirsh