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  1. Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs

  2. Introduction to Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs

    Click here to read the FAQs themselves.

    What is going on in a child’s mind when they ask a question? Rabbi Harold Kushner tells the amusing story of the parent who wanted to provide sophisticated theological answers to his five-year-old son who had asked about God. The father explained how God wasn’t really a person, but was instead a spirit, a miraculous presence. A few minutes later the five-year-old came back to his father and said, “I got it. God is like Casper the Friendly Ghost.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/introduction-reconstructionist-educators-faqs

    Posted on: 2016/03/24 - 6:12pm

  3. Trees of the Bible

    There are many trees mentioned in the Bible. Here is a list of some of them and where you can find them. Look them up and find out what they say about them.

    Acacia: Exodus 26:15
    Almond: Numbers 17:8; Ecclesiastes 12:5
    Apple: Joel 1:12; Song of Songs 2:2-5
    Cedar: I Kings 9:11; II Chronicles 2:3-8
    Cypress: Isaiah 41:19; I Kings 9:11
    Date Palm: Psalms 92:12-14
    Fig: Song of Songs 2:11-13
    Henna: Song of Songs 1:14

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/trees-bible

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 1:52pm

  4. How to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful for Our Children

    Helping religious school students experience the richness of the Jewish holiday cycle is one of the great joys of Jewish education. Yom Kippur, however, is probably the most challenging holiday to explain meaningfully on a child's level. Void of an historical/political backdrop, Yom Kippur is a day full of abstractions which often elude adult understanding. What does it really mean for us to create a state of “purity?” What are the ways we need to work on our social relationships and the ways we need to clarify our relationship with God?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-make-yom-kippur-meaningful-our-children

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:20pm

  5. A Version of Israel's Secular Shabbat -- Via a Song

    The song below, Shabbat Ba’boker can be found on Arik Einstein and Yoni Richter’s CD , “When I Was a Kid.” It is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. In a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous Sabbath can be. It is upbeat and jazzy.

    Shabbat Morning
    words by Tirtzah Atar

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/version-israels-secular-shabbat-song

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:42pm

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. A Jewish Approach to Discipline

    We've all been students in classrooms where a teacher makes remarks like the following:.

    “Somebody must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning” or “I'm not surprised you forgot your homework. You'd probably forget your head if it wasn't attached to your shoulders” or “You have the lowest score in the class!” We cringe because we can imagine the hurt and embarrassment the remarks have caused. We may even be pained that in the past we said something similar to our students.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-discipline

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:45pm

  9. Peoplehood Educational Gifts from Kaplan Center

    Rabbi Jeffrey Schein has created a suite of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood, under the auspices of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.

     

    The resources include:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/jewish-peoplehood-educational-resources

    Posted on: 2016/06/28 - 10:41am

  10. A Discussion About Teaching Hanukkah: Miracle or Not?

    Discussion from November 2004


    Toni Bloomberg Grossman, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

    Hi everyone,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/discussion-about-teaching-hanukkah-miracle-or-not

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:31pm

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