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  1. Reconstructionist Torah Blessings

    The traditional blessing before reading from the Torah contains the phrase אֲשֶׁר בָּֽחַר בָּֽנוּ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים (asher bakhar banu mikol ha’amim) — “Praised are you Lord our God, ruler of the Universe, who has chosen us from among all peoples by giving us the Torah.”  The Reconstructionist version of that phrase is rewritten as אֲשֶׁר קֵרְבָנוּ לַעֲבוֹדָתוֹ (asher kervanu la’avodato), “who has drawn us to your service by giving us the Torah.” This change preserves the notion of Torah as our unique and prec

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/reconstructionist-blessing-torah-reading

    Posted on: 2016/06/16 - 5:06pm

  2. Living the Mission: Values-Based Decision-Making and Reconstructing Judaism

    Ben Weiner knows how to pray.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, the 68-year-old former president of Temple Emmanuel in Wakefield, Massachusetts, has been an active synagogue-goer nearly his whole life. He’d long recited much of the service by heart, uttering Hebrew prayers for the coming of the messiah, the resurrection of the dead and thanked God for choosing the Jews to receive the Torah. Yet he’d never really delved into the meaning of the words or examined the extent to which they reflected his own beliefs.

    Until now.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/exploring-liturgy-temple-emmanuel

    Posted on: 2018/03/06 - 10:50am

  3. Ritualwell’s ADVOT Creates Poetic Community

    This article was originally published in the Jewish Exponent by Sasha Rogelberg.

     

    Before Ritualwell was a website containing more than 2,200 liturgy and rituals crowdsourced by Jews, it was an idea of where to put dozens of scraps of paper in the drawers of offices in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Kolot: Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies in Wyncote. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/ritualwells-advot-creates-poetic-community

    Posted on: 2021/10/28 - 4:53pm

  4. The Reconstructionist Movement Comes Together in New Hinei Mah Tov Video

    As part of our recent convention, B’yachad: Reconstructing Judaism Together, we shared this video of a new setting for Hinei Mah Tov by RRC student Solomon Hoffman. It features over 150 Reconstructionists representing 40 of our communities from across North America and beyond. The participants reflect the spectrum of our movement—lay leaders, Rabbis, Cantors, students, teachers, children, elders, musicians, singers, dancers, artists—all sharing in this collective project.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/reconstructionist-movement-comes-together-new-hinei-mah-tov-video

    Posted on: 2022/04/07 - 9:44am