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  1. How Should We Respond to Human Need?

    אַ֭שְׁרֵי מַשְׂכִּ֣יל אֶל־דָּ֑ל

    Happy is the one who is maskil to the person in need… (Psalms 41:2)

    [Maskil: from a root meaning to be prudent, look at, give attention to, have insight or understanding.]

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/how-should-we-respond-human-need

    Posted on: 2016/04/13 - 7:15pm

  2. 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.

    “Mussar as a Jewish Resource on Climate Change and All Else” draws on Ira Stone’s book A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar  (NY: Aviv Press, 2006).

    “Jewish Texts as Resources on Global Climate Change” is a compilation of excerpts prepared by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb in 2003.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/mussar-and-text-sources-climate-change

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 12:30pm

  3. Inclusion and Disabilities: Hebrew and English Texts

    For Jewish Disabilities Awareness month in February of 2014, Rabbi Michelle Greenfield, RRC ’12 examined the Torah readings found that month with an eye toward issues of inclusion and disability. She also included  “Some Biblical and Rabbinic Sources on Disability: An Honest Look,” in which 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.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/inclusion-and-disabilities-hebrew-and-english-texts

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 4:03pm

  4. 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. It was written by Rabbi Shai Gluskin from the Reconstructionist movement and Deena Salmon of B'nai Keshet in Montclair, NJ. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/introduction-midrash-5th-grade-and

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:34pm

  5. Mishpatim Study Sheet - Toba Spitzer

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

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/text-study-mishpatim-donkeys-and-enemies

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:38pm

  6. Bemidbar Text Study - Wilderness - Toba Spitzer

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

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/bemidbar-text-study-why-was-torah-given-wilderness

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:42pm

  7. Vayeshev Text Study on "The Man" - Toba Spitzer

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

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/man-mystery-parashat-vayeshev

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:46pm

  8. Text study for Haazini/Shabbat Shuvah - 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.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/midrashim-death-moses

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:03pm

  9. Text Study on Nitzavim and Teshuvah

    A text study on Parshat Nitzavim on teshuvah, featuring teachings from Itturei Torah and Rabbi Sandy Roth (of blessed memory).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/text-study-nitzvavim-turning-teshuvah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:07pm

  10. 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

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