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  1. Amidah for Peace, Justice, and Immigration

    This alternative Amidah was used during mincha prayers by members of the Reconstructionist Rabbinic Association outside of an Immigration Processing Center in order to call attention to the plight of immigrants and underscore the importance of the Jewish obligation to welcome the stranger. It is meant to be done as a call and response.

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    God of our ancestors. God of immigrants. God of refugees. We are border crossers.
    We tie our fate with You who cannot be contained by customs offices. You who requires no passport

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/amidah-peace-justice-and-immigration

    Posted on: 2017/08/15 - 5:16pm

  2. Shofar Kavannah for Refugees

    This ritual invokes the blast of the shofar to articulate the plight of refugees. It was created for use at High Holidays in response to the presidential travel ban.

    The blasts of the shofar are a wordless prayer punctuated by moments of silence. The stories of courage, hope, and determination of refugees resettling in our communities are punctuated by the silent yearnings of those who are kept out by the presidential travel ban.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/shofar-kavannah-refugees

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:35pm

  3. The Shofar and the Tears of Our Mothers

  4. Yom Kippur at Lincoln Memorial

    (from God Loves the Stranger)

    Today is a day of repentance, renewal, and solidarity.

    Repentance in Hebrew is T’shuvah, which means turning and returning—making an about-face.

    It is a most treasured human gift.

    One who turns around and heads in the right direction Is respected and appreciated.

    Indeed, when we say that we are lost, it is often the beginning of the journey home.

    The Source of Life, the Divine Beloved, calls us to return, calls us to T’shuvah, again and again.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yom-kippur-lincoln-memorial

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 4:46pm

  5. What Are You Asking For?

    (A guided meditation on Psalm 27, from God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers)

     

    One thing I ask of Adonai, only that do I seek.

    Imagine if you could ask one thing of Adonai.

    Imagine if reality, life, all the power and resources in existence could grant you one thing and one thing alone.

    (Pause) Take a few deep belly breaths.

    For this moment let your thoughts float freely.

    What would it be?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/what-are-you-asking-meditation-psalm-27

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 5:15pm

  6. Psalm 27 Interpretation

    לְדָוִ֨ד ׀ יְהוָ֤ה ׀ אוֹרִ֣י וְ֭יִשְׁעִי מִמִּ֣י אִירָ֑א יְהוָ֥ה מָֽעוֹז־חַ֝יַּ֗י מִמִּ֥י אֶפְחָֽד׃

    Awareness is sunlight in the mind. No one can take that from me. Awareness is my life’s stronghold. It absorbs all fear.

    בִּקְרֹ֤ב עָלַ֨י ׀ מְרֵעִים֮ לֶאֱכֹ֪ל אֶת־בְּשָׂ֫רִ֥י צָרַ֣י וְאֹיְבַ֣י לִ֑י הֵ֖מָּה כָשְׁל֣וּ וְנָפָֽלוּ׃

    The hindrances and defilements are as close as my flesh and mind, but they dissolve in the light of being known.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/psalm-27

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:21am

  7. Launch Grant 2017 Shelly Barnathan

  8. Prayer for the State of Israel

  9. Making Seder and Kiddush more inclusive

    One of the small but significant innovations of the Reconstructionist haggadah, “A Night of Questions,” was the rubric “wine or grape juice” that appears before each of the traditional four cups of the Seder as well as in the Introduction of how to prepare for Pesach.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-seder-and-kiddush-more-inclusive

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 3:51pm

  10. Liturgy and Prayer PEARL session 2010

    When we worship in public we know our life is part of a larger life, a wave of an ocean of being- the first-hand experience of that larger life which is God.”

    Mordecai Kaplan

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/liturgy-and-prayer-leadership-distance-learning-session

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 4:22pm

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