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  1. 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

  2. Teshuvah and Compassion study sheet

    This study sheet on teshuvah and compassion draws our attention to the interplay between our ability to forgive others, and God's ability to forgive us. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-and-compassion

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:15pm

  3. Coveting text study

    Twice in the Torah (In Parashat Yitro and Parashat Va’etchanan), we are commanded not to “covet.” What does that mean? This study sheet explores sources on coveting to find out. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-coveting

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:39pm

  4. Ki Tavo text study - the practice of joy

    What does it mean to be commanded to be joyful? Rabbi Toba Spitzer unpacks this imperative from Parashat Ki Tavo.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/ki-tavo-and-practice-joy

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:47pm

  5. Shlah lecha study sheet on tzitzit

    What is the meaning of the fringes (tzitzit) on a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl)? Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the sources. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-purpose-tzitzit-fringes

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:51pm

  6. Nitzavim and Teshuvah study sheet

    Study sheet on the relationship between Parashat Nitzavim and themes of teshuvah, incorporating words from Rabbi Sandy Roth (of blessed memory) and Rabbi Shefa Gold.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/nitzavim-and-teshuvah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 6:05pm

  7. High Holiday Message 5778 (2017)

    At Rosh Hashanah, as we turn to new beginnings, we seek to repent—to do teshuvah—for what we have done wrong. And we can also affirmatively foster ourselves toward resilience—toward a thriving, loving outlook in spite of whatever challenges we encounter in life. In this video, I explore themes of resilience embedded into Jewish practice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/high-holiday-message-5778

    Posted on: 2017/09/19 - 12:11pm