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March 26-27, 2021
As Passover begins this weekend, we invite you to explore our Virtual Passover Box. In addition, we bring you these resources for this Shabbat Hagadol preceding Passover.
In her d’var Torah, Rabbah Arlene Berger teaches that “once our lives revolved around the Temple,” where the ner tamid/“eternal flame” burned continuously. “Today, our spirituality, our souls, live and die together based on the communities that we form and on the caring that we give to one another.” Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org
Solomon Hoffman and 100-plus people came together to create this second in a collection of Psalms to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration. The text, fromPsalm 147:3-4, translates as: “The healer of the broken-hearted, renewer of their bones, the counter of the stars, who calls their names.” Sourced from YouTube.
Rabbi Sandra Lawson, new director of racial diversity, equity and inclusion for Reconstructing Judaism, discusses the complexities of engaging in racial justice work within the Jewish community. Sourced from Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience
According to Barbara Breitman, “having faith in the power of an ethical/spiritual vision guides our action and activism towards revitalization, justice and compassion.” Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
While the mussar masters of previous generations are foundational points for a serious mussar study, the theology and practice of mussar in our contemporary landscape has been dynamic and evolving. Rabbi Joshua Boettiger explores examples of this and looks at one middah/“precept” in particular — anavah, or “humility.” Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
In his d’var Torah, Rabbi James Greene discusses the meaning of the word bayit (“house”) in the changing conception of the Israelites from a group of individuals into a people. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org
In her reading of parashat Ki Tissa, Ellen Dannin finds an answer to the question: “If there is no afterlife to motivate us with its rewards, then why should we be good?” Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org
Rabbi Linda Potemken explores ways we might use our life experiences as opportunities to develop positive character traits through the ancient practice of mussar. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
Last year was a very hard year. Now that it has been behind us for a while, this kaddish by Rabbi Lily Solochek et al may help us to let it go and face this year with courage and hope. Sourced from Ritualwell