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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. The Hebrew Word For Patience

    “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” the Peter Finch character screams in the movie Network, one of the more memorable moments in cinematic history. In contemporary U.S. culture, it often seems as if speaking your mind, no matter how hurtful, and no matter what the consequences, is considered a virtue. That’s a problem!

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/hebrew-word-patience

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:22pm

  6. The observance of Tisha B'Av

    This article is excerpted from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2. The full Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/observance-tisha-bav

    Posted on: 2017/07/27 - 5:48pm

  7. AirBNB as a Spiritual Practice

    When our son officially moved out, Simcha, my husband, and I listed our house on AirBnB. Of course, we could use the extra income, but also we knew the house felt empty with both kids gone. We were already paying the utilities for the whole house AND were feeling somewhat guilty about the unused rooms…. Why not share our space? After all, hospitality is a Jewish value.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/welcoming-strangers-through-airbnb-spiritual-practice

    Posted on: 2017/08/15 - 3:51pm

  8. Shefa - Welcoming Stranger

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    My rabbinate has called to me an ever-expanding circle of spiritual seekers, God-lovers, and many who have felt excluded from traditional community practice.

    As I reach out and invite my students onto a path of spiritual adventure and exploration, my intention is to let them know that their path is unique and precious, AND that we walk this path together. I let them know that Judaism can offer amazing and useful resources for transformation and a rich and beautiful language to express the ineffable.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/hospitality-and-spirit

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:08pm

  9. Gerald Fox - Welcoming the Stranger

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    How do you know if you’re on the right path…this moment, and the next, and the one after that? How many of us, especially if we have over-obligated lives (as many of us do), find ourselves a little startled or even completely shocked that we are in the overgrowth, far from the trail that we had set upon last High Holy Days?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/welcoming-those-who-are-close

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:27pm

  10. God Loves the Stranger: Introduction

    God Loves the Stranger

    —Deuteronomy 10:18

    When I take these words deeply into my being, my flesh and blood, there is enormous relief. I am no longer struggling to protect the limited ideas I have about who I am. I am no longer projecting endlessly limited ideas of who you are. I am free. No one is a stranger. Everyone including my so-called enemies is an infinitely complex and precious creature. My labels, categories, and strategies to protect myself from them are paltry in comparison with their sacred mystery.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-loves-stranger-introduction

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 4:09pm

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