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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. 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

  3. Light Through The Cracks - DW

    Recently on the radio, I listened to the new president vigorously assert his belief in the effectiveness of torture. This is not news: he had made his views on the topic clear as a candidate. But this radio report was further evidence, piled onto President Trump’s intimidation of the media and his assertions that falsehoods are truths and truths falsehoods, that we are living in a new reality, where the leader of the free world champions the practices of despots and dictators.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/light-through-cracks

    Posted on: 2017/02/01 - 2:51pm

  4. Nothing Neutral About It: Inspired by Reconstructionist Judaism in Switzerland

  5. Asking for Help - JJS

    It can be extremely difficult to ask for help.

    Contemporary Western secular culture prizes autonomy and self-reliance. From a very early age, we are taught that it is better to be independent than dependent, so that corporations have to train their employees to work cooperatively and interdependently.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/asking-help

    Posted on: 2014/01/29 - 12:00am

  6. Let's Journey Together

  7. MJL Interview with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Reconstructionist Movement Updates

    Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/reconstructionist-movement-updates

    Posted on: 2018/03/06 - 11:10am

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