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  1. Spirituality and Mental Health

    This was originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

    “Humans plan, and God laughs.”

    This Yiddish proverb is not as impious as it might seem at first glance. It declares succinctly an undeniable truth of the human condition: We are not in control. No matter how meticulously we plan, there are innumerable variables for which we can't fully account.

    Often enough, we plan, and things turn out the way we want. And then we are tempted to believe that we are in control after all.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/spirituality-and-mental-health

    Posted on: 2016/06/10 - 12:00am

  2. Preserving Dignity in the Public Square - DAT Op-Ed

    This piece originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on February 17, 2017.

    For more than 250 years, the American public square has been home to the free exchange of ideas, information, and perspectives. Newspapers, public debates, oratory, and more recently radio, television, and the internet - all part of the public square - have shaped discourse that affects American culture far beyond the political sphere.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/each-us-can-work-preserve-dignity-public-square

    Posted on: 2017/02/21 - 4:03pm

  3. Jewish Values and Journalistic Ethics - News Item re: Interview

    It is a fascinating time in the world of journalism right now; some might say unprecedented. With fake news proliferating and an antagonistic relationship between the White House and the press, the role of the media and factual reporting has never seemed more urgent. Can Jewish values inform the practice of journalism and journalistic ethics? Check out this conversation between Rabbi David A.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/jewish-values-and-journalistic-ethics

    Posted on: 2017/03/23 - 12:39pm

  4. Jewish Values and Journalistic Ethics - Video and Transcript

    It is a fascinating time in the world of journalism right now; some might say unprecedented. With fake news proliferating and an antagonistic relationship between the White House and the press, the role of the media and factual reporting has never seemed more urgent. Can Jewish values inform the practice of journalism and journalistic ethics? Check out this conversation between Rabbi David A.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/judaism-and-journalistic-ethics-video-transcript

    Posted on: 2017/03/30 - 12:49am

  5. Let's Journey Together

  6. Joint Statement on DACA

  7. Strassfeld Yom Kippur article

    In a piece for the Forward, Reconstructionist rabbi Michael Strassfeld writes: 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/online-trolling-and-yom-kippur

    Posted on: 2017/09/29 - 12:50pm

  8. B’tselem Elohim: Jewish Ethics, Sexual Harassment and the Workplace of the Future

    This article by David Teutsch, Mira Wasserman, and Deborah Waxman was originally published on December 15, 2017 as the lead feature in eJewishPhilanthropy at the following address: http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/btselem-elohim-jewish-ethics-sexual-harassment-and-the-workplace-of-the-future.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/jewish-ethics-metoo

    Posted on: 2017/12/18 - 10:19am

  9. Keeping Judaism Alive Behind Prison Walls

    In loyalty, you sustain the living, nurturing the life of everything, healing the sick, freeing the captive.

    Jessica Rosenberg, a senior at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia, has often been inspired and troubled by these words of gratitude in the daily morning prayers. What does it mean that God frees the captive and heals the sick, knowing some people never achieve freedom or recover from certain illnesses? Does it mean that God only delivers some people and not others? Or should the words be interpreted metaphorically?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/keeping-judaism-alive-behind-prison-walls

    Posted on: 2018/02/28 - 10:00am

  10. Metoo Exponent Article

    Sexual harassment of women in many professions has gained intense public scrutiny in recent weeks. Women rabbis are among those affected — and their position as religious leaders sometimes makes them particular targets. In a January 24th article in the Jewish Exponent, Barbara Breitman, assistant professor of pastoral counseling at RRC, sheds light on the phenomenon. “When the power invested in a rabbi is embodied by a woman, some people are still very uncomfortable with that and behave in ways that, consciously or unconsciously, are efforts to reduce their power.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/women-rabbis-respond-metoo

    Posted on: 2018/01/25 - 12:00am

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