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Your Virtual Shabbat Box holds many ways to celebrate the day. Choose what nurtures you: listen, watch or read. Looking for Shabbat services? Check out Recon Connect for virtual Shabbat services and other live, online programs throughout the week.

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May 14-17


As the holiday of Shavuot begins on Sunday night, May 16, we invite you to explore this year’s Virtual Shavuot Box, as well as our Shavuot Box from 2020.



May 8-9, 2021


Read: Finding Light for Shabbat

Rabbi Jen Gubitz’s poem reflects on all the possibilities that the light of the Shabbat candles has to offer us. Sourced from Ritualwell

group holding hands around Shabbat table with candles and wine visible


Listen: Omer Day 42: Simi Shalom

When we ask God as Yesod, the Divine Giver, to bless us, we must also ask ourselves to bless God as Shekhinah, the Divinity that is the World and One Another. Rabbi Hannah Spiro composed and sings this blessing. Sourced from Ritualwell

figure on beach standing facing brilliant sky with light reflecting off water


Read: Prayer for Those Lost at Mount Meron

With the words of Rabbi Annie Lewis, we mourn those who died in the tragedy of this past Lag B’Omer. Sourced from Ritualwell

many yahrzeit candles burning in a darkened room


Read: Land

In this d’var Torah from our archives, Rabbi Richard Hirsh discusses the important connection between the idea that the land is ultimately God’s, and the idea that every 50 years, at least, servants are given the opportunity to be set free. Both rules testify to the unique vision of God and of humanity that the Torah seeks to establish. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

aerial view of farmland and roads


Watch: Human Sacrifice in Ancient Israel and Beyond Through Jesus to the Crusades

Rabbi George Driesen discusses Professor Jon Levenson’s provocative and troubling book, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son, as grist for interfaith dialogue at Passover/ Easter Time. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash

Recon Beit Midrash - Human Sacrifice in Ancient Israel and Beyond


Listen: Ein Od: ‘There Is No Other’

Yosef Goldman’s composition draws on the final line of the Aleinu prayer: “Bring to your heart the knowledge that Adonai is God, there is no other, nothing without. One  — Adonai is One, and Your Name is One.” Sourced from Ritualwell

Rabbi Yosef Goldman singing into microphone in front of wooden ark in synagogue


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