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Beshalakh : Crossing the Sea in Every Generation

After the Israelites' peak experience at the Sea, what remains after the initial shock and awe fade? Seth Rosen explores the aftermath, and its lessons for Reconstructionist leadership.

Moses parting the Red Sea
Moses parting the Red Sea
Seedling sprouting through crack in the stone
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Hashivenu: A Podcast on Resilience

In a powerful episode recorded live from the Reconstructing Judaism convention, Rabbi Deborah Waxman interviews Susan Levine about her struggle to choose life.

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Crossing the Sea in Every Generation

After the Israelites’ peak experience at the Sea, what remains after the initial shock and awe fade? Seth Rosen explores the aftermath, and its lessons for Reconstructionist leadership.

D'var Torah

Joyful, Soulful Prayer: Beshalakh Niggun

Original setting of 2 verses from the Song at the Sea

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Jewish Continuity and the origins of "Ben Hur"

How did an obscure Biblical character become a Hollywood star? According to Eric Mendelsohn, that's not even the most interesting thing about the figure of Hur. 

D'var Torah

Evil and Compassion: Two Sides of One Staff

Delving into the imagery of Moses' staff, Joel Hecker explores justice, mercy, and the banality of evil. 

D'var Torah

Love, Enemies and Evil: Beshalakh Text Study

  In this text study for Parashat Beshalakh, Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the fate of the Egyptians at the Red Sea and our tradition’s ethical sensitivity to their plight.

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Wade In The Water

Trapped at the edge of the Sea, the Israelites plunge forward into the unknown. What insight does their action hold for us? 

D'var Torah

The Singing of the Oppressed

The Song at the Sea as the Israelites crossed from slavery into freedom echoes the timeless struggle for liberation.

D'var Torah

At The Sea: A Selection of Midrashim

This selection of midrashim on the crossing of the Red Sea provides a window into the tradition’s ethical concerns surrounding this well-known story.

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