Divrei Torah

These divrei torah have been delivered on High Holydays and on other occasions.

Rabbi Spitzer is also writing for ON Scripture – The Torah, a weekly Jewish scriptural commentary, produced in collaboration with Odyssey Networks and Hebrew College. Thought leaders from the United States and beyond offer their insights into the weekly Torah portion and contemporary social, political, and spiritual life. These writings are reproduced on our website and at the Huffington Post.

Also of interest, see Divrei Torah Pages on the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Web site of more then 100 Reconstructionist divrei Torah available for online reading.

Audio is available for some talks. Click on the link to play. If you have trouble, download the entire audio file by right-clicking on the link and choosing “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…”.

Web Page Year PDF Audio
Seven Things I’ve Learned about Teshuvah From Household Appliances Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779 PDF
Finding Faith Rosh Hashanah I 5779 PDF
Lovingkindness and Truth Will Meet Yom Kippur 5779 PDF
Voice, Water, Place Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778 PDF
Reconstructing "Peoplehood" Rosh Hashanah I 5778 PDF MP3
Slavery and Its Atonement Yom Kippur 5778 PDF MP3
After the Death Yom Kippur 5777 PDF MP3
Your Purpose is Everything Erev Rosh Hashanah 5777 PDF MP3
Active Hope Rosh Hashanah I 5777 PDF MP3
Our Path Together Kol Nidre 5777 PDF MP3
Seven Things I Learned About Teshuvah from Riding a Bike Erev Rosh Hashanah 5776 PDF MP3
Asking for Fear Rosh Hashanah I 5776 PDF MP3
Removing the Stumbling Block: Talking About Race Yom Kippur 5776 PDF MP3
Aleynu – Praise Be! Kol Nidre 5776 PDF MP3
Holy Mistakes Kol Nidre 5776 PDF MP3
Uncertainty, Boredom and Patience: Entering the New Year Erev Rosh Hashanah 5775 PDF
The Unetaneh Tokef: Jewish Koan Rosh Hashanah I 5775 PDF
Overcoming Anger Kol Nidre 5775 PDF
The Narrative of Compassion Yom Kippur 5775 PDF
The Wonder of Not Knowing Erev Rosh Hashanah 5774 PDF MP3
God in Metaphor HIgh Holydays 5774 PDF
Israel: Telling a New Story Yom Kippur 5774 PDF MP3
Teshuvah from Fear, Teshuvah from Love Kol Nidre 5774 PDF MP3
A Door Closes, A Door Opens: Exits into the New Year Rosh Hashanah I 5774 PDF MP3
Moving & Not Moving Erev Rosh Hashanah 5773 PDF MP3
God & Metaphor Rosh Hashanah I 5773 PDF MP3
Who Will Live, and Who Will Die? Yom Kippur 5773 PDF
The Search Party Kol Nidre 5773 PDF MP3
The Place Where We're Perfect Erev Rosh Hashanah 5772 PDF
Two Paths Rosh Hashanah I 5772 PDF
A Soul Accounting Kol Nidre 5772 PDF
Lessons From Ghana Yom Kippur 5772 PDF
An Invitation to Prayer Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771 PDF MP3
At the Judges' Table Rosh Hashanah I 5771 PDF MP3
Two Pockets Kol Nidre 5771 PDF
From Anxiety to Agitation Yom Kippur 5771 PDF
God and Liberation: A Reconstructionist Approach Pesach 5770 PDF
Seven Things About Teshuvah That I Learned from the Game of Baseball Erev Rosh Hashanah 5770 PDF
Sarah, Hannah, and the Prayerful Stance Rosh Hashanah I 5770 PDF
Changing the Equation: A Reflection on God Yom Kippur 5770 PDF
Sin and Disconnection Yom Kippur 5769 PDF
Seeing Clearly Erev Rosh Hashanah 5769 PDF
Seeking Salvation Rosh Hashanah I 5769 PDF
With Truth & Compassion Kol Nidre 5769 PDF
How Do I Respond? Kol Nidre 5769 PDF
Writing Ourselves for Blessing Rosh Hashanah I 5768 PDF
Broken Vessels Kol Nidre 5768 PDF
Coming Closer Yom Kippur 5768 PDF
Seek Peace, and Pursue It Rosh Hashanah I 5767 PDF
Telling Our Stories Yom Kippur 5767 PDF
Seven Things I Learned About Teshuvah from my Sabbatical 5766 Erev Rosh Hashanah 5766 PDF
The Blessings of Uncertainty Rosh Hashanah I 5766 PDF
Aleynu Kol Nidre 5766 PDF
A Community of Practice Yom Kippur 5766 PDF
Finding What We Need Erev Rosh Hashanah 5765 PDF
From Buffet to Brit: In Celebration of 350 Years Rosh Hashanah I 5765 PDF
The Art of Losing Things Kol Nidre 5765 PDF
From Buffet to Brit, Part 2: Building our Jewish House Yom Kippur 5765 PDF
The Cantonist's Prayer Kol Nidre 5764 PDF
This is the Fast: Isaiah's Challenge Yom Kippur 5764 PDF
The Path of Sorrow and The Path of Joy Erev Rosh Hashanah 5764 PDF
For The Sake of the World Rosh Hashanah I 5764 PDF
And Jacob Sat Down--Reflections on Fear Rosh Hashanah I 5763 PDF
The Seat of Rachamim Yom Kippur 5763 PDF
Practice Kol Nidre 5763 PDF
Unetaneh Tokef: The Spiritual Challenge of This Moment Rosh Hashanah I 5762 PDF
Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Redemption Kol Nidre 5762 PDF
Hesed in Community Yom Kippur 5762 PDF
Thirty-One Flavors Rosh Hashanah I 5761 PDF
Israel Kol Nidre 5761 PDF
Of Zoos, Jury Duty & Barbra Streisand: Creating Covenantal Community Rosh Hashanah I 5760 PDF