fbpx "Being Abba": A Civilization Text Study on Fatherhood | Page 4 | Reconstructing Judaism

"Being Abba": A Civilization Text Study on Fatherhood

Document
PDF icon Being Abba: A Civilizational Text Study

The roles, values, and obligations associated with fatherhood have evolved over the course of Jewish history. In this text study, originally created for the 2008 JRF Convention, Rabbi James Greene examines that evolution with an eye toward contemporary responsibilities of Jewish fatherhood.

Assistant Executive Director, Springfield JCC

Related Resources

Midrashim on The Death of Moses

For Haazinu/Shabbat Shuvah, an amalgam of midrashim on the death of Moshe, ending in a beautiful exchange of forgiveness between him and the Israelites. Prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Document

The Man of Mystery - Parashat Vayeshev

A text study sheet prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer on the mysterious “man” found in Parshat Vayeshev.

Document

Bemidbar Text Study: Why Was the Torah Given in the Wilderness?

This study sheet on parshat Bemidbar, prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer, explores commentaries on why Torah was given in the wilderness.

Document

Text study on Mishpatim, Donkeys and Enemies

This study sheet by Rabbi Toba Spitzer explores the Biblical commandment to help your enemy who is in distress. 

Document

Jewish Peoplehood: Philosophies of Jewish Engagement in the 21st Century

What is Jewish peoplehood, and how is it relevant today? Rabbi James Greene assembled this collection of texts to explore these questions.

Article

The Torah Process: How Jews Make Decisions

Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz explores the role of text study in Reconstructionist congregations’ decision-making process, with several case studies. This article is excerpted from the Guide to Jewish Practice

Article

The Role of Text Study in Congregational Values-Based Decision Making

Overview of the centrality of Jewish texts in congregational conversations around Jewish values

Article

Introduction to Midrash (5th Grade and Up)

This lesson about the Garden of Eden encourages students to generate their own midrash. It models an approach that can be applied to other Torah texts.

Document

Parsing the Meeting of Jacob and Esau

Text study and discussion questions on the reunion of Jacob and Esau after decades of separation

Article

Inclusion and Disabilities: Hebrew and English Texts

Rabbi Michelle Greenfield examines Biblical and rabbinic sources on disability. She examines the use and misuse of Hebrew texts that are often quoted when talking about inclusion of people with different abilities. Her English commentary provides a deeper understanding of these texts' strengths and limitations.

Document

Fighting for a Good Name

With few transgender role models, Rabbi Jacob Lieberman, ’15, faced harassment and bullying almost entirely alone growing up. As an adult, he found acceptance within the Reconstructionist community and from himself. In this d’var torah, Rabbi Lieberman shares how Jewish resources can help comfort those who struggle to find acceptance and wholeness.

Video

Mussar and Text Sources on Climate Change

This document contains two study guides which use Jewish texts and sources to offer wisdom on global climate change.

Document

The World As Sacred Space: Judaic Teachings and Ecological Consciousness

Element of Jewish tradition see the world as inherently sacred. Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb mines these sources as a source for Jewish environmental ethics and theology.

Article

A Kiss is Just A Kiss?

In this talk from the 2015 Global Day of Jewish Learning, Professor Joel Hecker discusses the diverse meanings ascribed to kissing in Jewish mystical literature.

Video
  •