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  1. Finding Forgiveness

    We hear about forgiveness every year at the High Holy Days. We seek God’s forgiveness in shul from Selihot through the final prayers of Yom Kippur.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/finding-forgiveness

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 2:14pm

  2. Role of Obligation in Jewish Education (Discussion)

    Discussion from November - December, 2001


     

    Sarah Rubin - Monday November 26, 2001:

    EdTalk Chevre,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/role-obligation-jewish-education-discussion

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:49am

  3. Reconstructing Halakha

    Many Reconstructionists and other liberal Jews seem afraid of the term halakha, reacting as if it invokes some dark presence coming out of the past to crush them with its oppressive weight. They would be surprised to learn that Mordecai Kaplan wrote that “Jewish life [is] meaningless without Jewish law.” He made this statement not as the young rabbi of an Orthodox congregation, but relatively late in his career, in one of his most thorough and systematic examinations of Jewish life in America, The Future of the American Jew (1948).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructing-halakha

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 11:01am

  4. Can a Reconstructionist Sin?

    Some years ago, at an informal lunch shared by a number of us who worked for the same Jewish agency, a staffer indicated she had no need to attend Yom Kippur services. Predictably provoked, we asked why. Yom Kippur was all about sin, she replied, and since she never sinned, she had nothing for which to atone.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/can-reconstructionist-sin

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 11:06am

  5. Teshuvah Study Sheet - Recon approach - Toba Spitzer

    A study sheet on the evolving concept of teshuvah over the ages. Rabbi Toba Spitzer notes that in preparing this sheet, she purposefully refrained (most of the time) from translating the word “teshuvah” because of the very different approaches of each text. After reading these, what is your definition?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-reconstructionist-perspective

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:24pm

  6. Teshuvah and Compassion study sheet

    This study sheet on teshuvah and compassion draws our attention to the interplay between our ability to forgive others, and God's ability to forgive us. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-and-compassion

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:15pm

  7. Coveting text study

    Twice in the Torah (In Parashat Yitro and Parashat Va’etchanan), we are commanded not to “covet.” What does that mean? This study sheet explores sources on coveting to find out. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-coveting

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:39pm

  8. Ki Tavo text study - the practice of joy

    What does it mean to be commanded to be joyful? Rabbi Toba Spitzer unpacks this imperative from Parashat Ki Tavo.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/ki-tavo-and-practice-joy

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:47pm

  9. Shlah lecha study sheet on tzitzit

    What is the meaning of the fringes (tzitzit) on a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl)? Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the sources. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-purpose-tzitzit-fringes

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:51pm

  10. Nitzavim and Teshuvah study sheet

    Study sheet on the relationship between Parashat Nitzavim and themes of teshuvah, incorporating words from Rabbi Sandy Roth (of blessed memory) and Rabbi Shefa Gold.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/nitzavim-and-teshuvah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 6:05pm

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