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Posted on December 10th, 2018

Genesis 44:18–47:27 

By Rabbi Lewis Eron for Reconstructing Judaism

Prophets and Sages

The difference between a prophet and a sage is where each discovers God working in our lives. The prophet studies the future and points out the opportunities for righteousness and goodness that we may encounter in our life's journey. The sage looks into the past and shows us how we made way for God's healing presence and loving power in the choices we made and the paths we followed. The prophet fortifies us with the gift of hope. The sage strengthens us with the gift of meaning.

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Miketz - Rosh Chodesh Hanukkah

Posted on December 3rd, 2018

Genesis 41:1−44:17 

By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben for Reconstructing Judaism

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

“All dreams follow the interpreter.” Talmud, Berakhot 55b 

Everyone has dreams. Some of us dream of heights we intend to scale, battles we intend to win, glories we intend to capture. Some of us dream of love, or riches, or fame, or the quenching of our deepest desires. Some dreams are vast, and deep, and dramatic, and others are simple, and quiet, and modest. But regardless of their size or nature, we all have had dreams that inspired our actions and gave a sense of urgency to our lives. 

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Posted on November 26th, 2018

Genesis 37:1–40:23 

By Ellen Dannin for Reconstructing Judaism

Tamar the Hidden

Maybe the Torah is really Tamar’s story. Seen from that perspective, Judah’s interlude with Tamar is not an annoying interruption placed between Joseph’s sale into slavery and Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife. Maybe we need to know Tamar better. After all Psalm 92 tells us, tzaddik k’tamar - the wise/just are like Tamar. They are planted in the house of God, where they fruit and send out seed in order to tell of God’s uprightness.

So what does it mean to be like Tamar?

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Posted on November 19th, 2018

Genesis 32:4−36:43 

By Rabbi Lewis Eron for Reconstructing Judaism

My Brother's Keeper

Few conflicts are as significant in our lives as our struggles with those who are most close to us: the members of our family. Who we were, who we are and who we will become is most clearly seen in our relationships with our parents, our siblings, our spouses and our children. Our ability to move beyond our conflicts to an attitude of acceptance and affection is a measure of our growth as human beings. Our deepest felt experiences are those of familial love and loss, and alienation and reconciliation.

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Posted on November 12th, 2018

Genesis 28:10−32:3 

By Rabbah Arlene Berger for Reconstructing Judaism

A Seasonal Hint: Jacob Didn't Ask for That Much Stuff!

I always think of this time of year as a time of transition. The trees are almost finished shedding their leaves and the air is charged with the smell of winter. We ourselves are transitioning from the vestiges of the High Holiday season of teshuva and gratitude to the modern world’s all too long season of consumption.  
In Vayetze, we read of the famous Jacob’s Ladder and his receiving of God’s blessing. He vows his loyalty and faith to God, “…. If God will be with me …and gives me bread to eat, and clothing to put on … then shall the Lord be my God.” (Genesis 28:20-21)

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