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  1. The World as Sacred Space

    In a recent class on Jewish environmental ethics, one participant asked: “If our tradition sees the world as sacred enough to deserve our utmost protection, then why haven’t I heard this before — and how did we let things get so out of whack?”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/world-sacred-space-judaic-teachings-and-ecological-consciousness

    Posted on: 2016/04/13 - 6:18pm

  2. The Binding Of Isaac: What Is the Nature Of the Test?

    Torah Text:

    And it came to pass after these things (lit. words), that God tested Abraham and said, “Abraham.” And he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Take your son, your only son, the one you love, Isaac, and go into the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:1-2)

     

    Commentary:

    Rashi explains “these words” as a conversation God had with Satan:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/binding-isaac-what-nature-test

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:37pm

  3. 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

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

    In order to develop values-based policies and procedures for our communities, we need to take a few steps back from the more practical concerns and examine our communal principles and Jewish ethical values and teachings. We must first clarify our terms, examine our preexisting attitudes, and understand how our experiences impact the decisions we make in community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/role-text-study-congregational-values-based-decision-making

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:52pm

  5. Peoplehood Study Texts

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

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-peoplehood-philosophies-jewish-engagement-21st-century

    Posted on: 2016/11/16 - 3:12pm

  6. Bronstein teaching call - Hasidic lens on Parashat Bo

    Today I want to share with you some of what I think are the most astounding, and provocative, and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists, as Jews in general today. But they come from a place that you might never think to look: the 18th-century and 19th-century Hasidic commentaries on the Torah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/hasidic-lens-parashat-bo

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 5:11pm

  7. Ruth and Lovingkindess Teaching Session Gedzelman

    As we look forward to reading the Book of Ruth on the holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi David Gedzelman explores the text with an eye towards literary elements which speak of how the Hebrew Bible pushes forward structures of covenantal openness, societal protection and compassion towards the other built on and transcending the requirements of the Law. 

    The handout for the study session is available here:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/book-ruth-torah-lovingkindness-face-death

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 2:05pm

  8. What Are You Asking For?

    (A guided meditation on Psalm 27, from God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers)

     

    One thing I ask of Adonai, only that do I seek.

    Imagine if you could ask one thing of Adonai.

    Imagine if reality, life, all the power and resources in existence could grant you one thing and one thing alone.

    (Pause) Take a few deep belly breaths.

    For this moment let your thoughts float freely.

    What would it be?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/what-are-you-asking-meditation-psalm-27

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 5:15pm

  9. Book Club 10/20/17 First Session

    I think there’s an appetite to know. I think there’s an incredible hunger to understand…We have to embrace ignorance because it is a permanent state in Jewish learning. You will never master it. But instead of feeling frustrated, we can feel energized by that. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/bookclubfirstsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/10 - 1:09pm

  10. Reconstructing for Tomorrow 11/7/17 First Session

    There’s been a tension throughout our history between understanding Reconstructionism as an approach to being Jewish, a set of questions, a set of processes, a set of conversations. Reconstructionism as an organizational structure embodies those questions, those processes, those conversations.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/reconstructingfortomorrowfirstsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/10 - 3:38pm

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