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  1. Israel Lights in Darkness

    Since I’ve arrived in Israel, I’ve been hearing the phrase “during these dark days” as a preamble to any discussion of social and political issues. The atmosphere is tentative, and a bit heavy. Along with winter’s progression of light becoming dimmer and dimmer, the almost daily terrorist attacks emphasize a sense of helplessness and doom. Many Israelis feel paralyzed: not believing the situation can change, they also don’t think that there is anything they can personally do to change it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/israeli-jewish-renaissance-lights-darkness

    Posted on: 2016/02/15 - 1:34pm

  2. Israel sermon - sid - limiting debate

    (This article appeared in the New York Jewish Week on February 2, 2014.)

    The current controversy brewing in the Hillel universe is only the latest example of a Jewish community polarized over how we can or can’t talk about Israel. The guidelines, developed by national Hillel in 2010, were designed to provide a basis upon which a local Hillel could prevent overtly anti-Israel groups from speaking under the Hillel banner.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/limiting-debate-israel-will-only-hurt-us

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 12:02pm

  3. Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

    On a recent evening in Scarsdale, N.Y., I was at the Mid-Westchester JCC, speaking on a panel to a packed and spirited room. We’d been invited to discuss marriage equality and Jewish values, and the tone was certainly celebratory. We acknowledged we have farther to go, but in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last year on gay marriage, we’ve certainly come a long way.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/marriage-equality-and-religious-freedom

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 4:24pm

  4. Trees of the Bible

    There are many trees mentioned in the Bible. Here is a list of some of them and where you can find them. Look them up and find out what they say about them.

    Acacia: Exodus 26:15
    Almond: Numbers 17:8; Ecclesiastes 12:5
    Apple: Joel 1:12; Song of Songs 2:2-5
    Cedar: I Kings 9:11; II Chronicles 2:3-8
    Cypress: Isaiah 41:19; I Kings 9:11
    Date Palm: Psalms 92:12-14
    Fig: Song of Songs 2:11-13
    Henna: Song of Songs 1:14

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/trees-bible

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 1:52pm

  5. Guide to Talking about Israel in your Congregation

  6. A Version of Israel's Secular Shabbat -- Via a Song

    The song below, Shabbat Ba’boker can be found on Arik Einstein and Yoni Richter’s CD , “When I Was a Kid.” It is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. In a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous Sabbath can be. It is upbeat and jazzy.

    Shabbat Morning
    words by Tirtzah Atar

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/version-israels-secular-shabbat-song

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:42pm

  7. Next Year in Jerusalem?

    Different Meanings

    Each year, around seder tables throughout the world, Jews and our guests end the haggadah with the phrase, “L'shanah haba'ah biyerushalayim — Next Year in Jerusalem.” Like the four children who appear earlier in the haggadah text as paradigms for the ways Jews approach the historical narrative, those who say or hear “Next Year in Jerusalem” do so with many different degrees of self-knowledge or awareness in relationship to the phrase.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/next-year-jerusalem

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:47pm

  8. Parsing the Meeting of Jacob and Esau

    Torah:

    Jacob is leaving Haran after 20 years. He left originally out of fear that Esau might kill him in revenge for Jacob having tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing. He is on his way back to Canaan when he becomes aware that Esau is approaching him in a large group:

    The messengers returned to Jacob and said, “We came to your brother Esau. He is also approaching you. He has 400 people with him.” Jacob feared greatly and was distressed.(Genesis 32:6-7)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/parsing-meeting-jacob-and-esau

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:13pm

  9. Herzl Play, Monologue and Activities (Grades 4-7)

    Theodor Herzl: A Zionist Pioneer: A Monologue, Scene, and Activities designed by Gabrielle S. Kaplan

    Commissioned by the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation of Metropolitan New York’s Israel Education Project

    The play and activities have been designed for use with students in fourth through seventh grades.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/herzl-play-monologue-and-activities-grades-4-7

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:28pm

  10. Israel Dialogue

    Note: This symposium took place in the summer of 2015, and reflects conversations and events at that time. 

    Welcome to the Jewish Reconstructionist communities’ conversation on Israel and Zionism; this site is now our home for tackling important topics and deepening our relationships with Jewish life and community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dialogue/israel

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 2:24pm

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