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  1. Adonai-Elohim: The Two Faces of God

    Right after Yom Kippur I received a frantic telephone call. As I arrived at the home, it was already filled with family and friends. I knew the family very well: serious Jews.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/adonai-elohim-two-faces-god

    Posted on: 2016/04/26 - 11:46am

  2. 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

  3. Reconstructionism, Chosenness, and the Abrahamic Dialogue

    The first time I encountered the idea that Jews were a “chosen people,” I learned that this was a mistaken and even pernicious belief that was held by other Jews. The rejection of chosenness made sense to me then as a 12 year old preparing for her bat mitzvah in a Reconstructionist congregation. It has continued to make sense to me over the years, for all the reasons that Rabbi Deborah Waxman so eloquently lays out in her article, “Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionism-chosenness-and-abrahamic-dialogue

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:44am

  4. Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness

    In what sense and to what extent do Jews still believe ourselves to be “chosen”?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/rejecting-chosenness-favor-distinctiveness

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:48am

  5. Building a Personal Relationship with a Nonpersonal God

    They envisioned you in an abundance of metaphors.
    You are one in all of those images.

    –Shir Hakavod (12th-century Germany)1

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/building-personal-relationship-nonpersonal-god

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 12:43pm

  6. Recon Torah January 2016

    In the New York Times Sunday Styles section a few weeks ago (of all places, and yes, I read it), there was an article about the various trainings that colleges and universities are now providing to educate students about sexual consent. Many of these trainings include scenarios and analogies that are designed to get students thinking about what “real” consent is. The scenarios raise questions like: Does consent have to be verbal? Do the participants need to consent at each step of the way? What counts as coercion?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/intricacies-consent

    Posted on: 2016/01/28 - 12:00am

  7. God in Metaphor

    For many people, attending High Holydays services is a bit like going to a play where you really don't like the main character—where, much of the time, you doubt the very existence of the main character! If the “main character” in our traditional High Holydays liturgy is God, this can be quite a problem for anyone seeking a meaningful spiritual experience.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-metaphor-guide-perplexed

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:25pm

  8. Shavuot: The Harvest Festival of Torah

    A good case can be made for Shavuot being the most important of all the Jewish festivals. The revival of its observance is of particular concern to Reconstructionist Jews because our understanding of the nature and task of the Jewish people in the world and of what God should mean to us cannot be separated from our reinterpretation of the meaning of Torah. Shavuot is the festival of the giving and the receiving of Torah — of Torah as revelation, as law and as study. The word “Torah” means teaching, guidance, instruction, orientation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/shavuot-harvest-festival-torah

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 2:33pm

  9. If God Is Good, Why Do Pain and Suffering Exist?

  10. How Can Reconstructionists Pray?

    Reconstructionists are not atheists. The founder of Reconstructionism, Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, was falsely accused of atheism during his lifetime and has been so labeled since his death. Those accusations are made by people who think that either you believe in a God who governs the details of our lives, rewarding and punishing us, orchestrating the things that happen or you don't believe in God at all.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-can-reconstructionists-pray

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 9:53am

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