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  1. DT Tetzaveh Schein

    What does the well-dressed Cohen Gadol (High Priest) look like? Quite resplendent, according to this week's Torah portion, Tetzaveh. Bearing on his chest the hoshen mishpat (breastplate of judgment) with twelve different minerals, each representing a different one of the tribes of Israel, the high priest is the living embodiment of the commandment of hidur mitzvah, beautifying the mitzvot that connect us to God.

    Halachic Clarification

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/holding-high-jewish-office-do-clothes-make-man

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 10:52am

  2. Dialogue Episode 3 - Aurora Mendelsohn

    Aurora Mendelsohn grew up in a Reconstructionist community. In this interview, she shares how that background has shaped her own Jewish life, and reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing new generations of committed progressive Jews.

    The interview for this podcast was conducted by Hila Ratzabi, Editorial Associate for Ritualwell.org. Audio editing and production by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Editor of Jewishrecon.org. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-3

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:24pm

  3. 2015 Annual Report

    RRC’s 2015 Annual Report, in video format. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/animated-annual-report

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:32pm

  4. Grad 2015

    RRC Graduation 2015

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/rrc-graduation-2015

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:34pm

  5. Fighting for a Good Name

    With few transgender role models, Rabbi Jacob Lieberman, ’15, faced harassment and bullying almost entirely alone growing up. As an adult, he found acceptance within the Reconstructionist community and from himself. In this d’var torah, Rabbi Lieberman shares how Jewish resources can help comfort those who struggle to find acceptance and wholeness.

    Psalm 41 - Translation by Rabbi Jacob Lieberman + Hebrew

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/fighting-good-name

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 2:49pm

  6. Dialogue Episode 1 - Shira Stutman

    In this interview, Rabbi Shira Stutman reflects on the promise and potential of an open, welcoming and pluralistic synagogue and community space. 

     

    Transcript

    A transcript of this podcast is available here. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-1

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 1:31pm

  7. Dialogue Episode 2 - Fred Scherlinder Dobb

    Transcript

    A transcript of this podcast is available here. 

     

    Show Notes

    The interview for this podcast was conducted by Hila Ratzabi, Editorial Associate for Ritualwell.org. Audio editing and production by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Editor of Jewishrecon.org. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-2

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 1:45pm

  8. Eleh Ezakara - Sacrifice and Martyrdom

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is never an easy day. Fasting, however, is not the real problem. Rather, the day's challenge comes from its demand that we confront deep spiritual, theological, and philosophical issues we would often wish to avoid. We are asked to consider, for example: the tension between sin and forgiveness, the relationship between suffering and redemption, and the emergence of hope out of tragedy. The prayers and readings of Yom Kippur demand that we meditate on these themes as personal challenges, but present them to us in grand images on a mythic scale.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/eleh-ezakara-sacrifice-and-martyrdom

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:10am

  9. Our Akeidah, Our Binding

    There is a thread running through all the Rosh haShanah portions, except one: that thread is fathers and children, mothers and children.

    The Akedah is the sole exception.

    Where are the mothers today? 

    This is an impressionistic reading of the Akedah.

    It does not explain the text.

    This is not the comfortable reading that, in praising our ancestor Abraham, gains credit for ourselves.

    This is not the reading that shows we are a people who have long put aside idolatry and child sacrifice.

    I have no comfort today, only questions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/our-akeidah-our-binding

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:13am

  10. Sukkot: Yom Kippur's Counterbalance

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