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  1. Recon Radio (Heart Mind and Spirit) on Shavuot

    This archival episode of Heart, Mind, and Spirit discusses the holiday of Shavuot. The discussion with Rabbis Linda Potemkin and Shai Gluskin was hosted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

    Note: We apologize that this program is currently inaccessible to those with hearing impairment. We hope to provide transcripts at a future date of audio materials from our back catalog.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/shavuot-audio-program

    Posted on: 2017/05/24 - 12:29pm

  2. Ruth and Lovingkindess Teaching Session Gedzelman

    As we look forward to reading the Book of Ruth on the holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi David Gedzelman explores the text with an eye towards literary elements which speak of how the Hebrew Bible pushes forward structures of covenantal openness, societal protection and compassion towards the other built on and transcending the requirements of the Law. 

    The handout for the study session is available here:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/book-ruth-torah-lovingkindness-face-death

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 2:05pm

  3. Embracing the Stranger - Interpersonal

    At times, we have the opportunity and challenge of embracing strangers when we meet them face-to-face. These encounters can be deeply unsettling at first. But as barriers of difference fall, they can be deeply meaningful, even transformational. 

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/stranger-before-us

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:05pm

  4. Embracing the Stranger - Justice and Wider World

    Embracing the stranger is not just an individual journey—it’s a communal calling. We are commanded as Jews to “Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19) In the face of fear, hostility, or simple disregard toward those who are different, our challenge is to lift up our common humanity, and our inherent dignity and worth as beings b’tzelem Elohim, reflecting the divine image.

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/wider-world

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:46pm

  5. Embracing the Stranger - Internal

    Embracing the stranger is an endeavor that requires not just outward action, but internal effort on many levels. Both as individuals and communities, real inclusion involves rethinking of boundaries.

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/looking-within

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 1:06pm

  6. God Loves The Stranger Feature

    The high holy days are a time of collective and personal renewal. We ask ourselves “what do we value?” “What do we cherish?” We deepen our ongoing Jewish human project of creating a just and peaceful society and living a just and peaceful life. And we inquire “what is the relationship between the inner and the outer work of transformation?” I don’t have to tell any of you. It’s not easy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/love-the-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 1:17pm

  7. RRA Contributions to Elul Project

    Six Reconstructionist rabbis were asked to write on the subject “Welcoming the Stranger” for their colleagues, in the RRA Connections newsletters. We’ve collected their contributions below. 

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/rra-contributions

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 5:34pm

  8. Community Teaching 11-21-2017 - Maurice Harris

    In this Community Learning call from November 21, 2017, Rabbi Maurice Harris talks about the strange way the Torah tells us about Moses’ up-close encounters with God, contradicting itself purposely within the space of nine verses. Two consecutive stories in the Book of Exodus confront us with a crucial paradox about how it is or isn’t possible to encounter the Divine, leaving us as readers with something like an “impossible” mental picture that we may be tempted to try to resolve or to hold as a fruitful paradox.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/moses-encounters-god

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:31pm

  9. Sandy Sasso: Art and Biblical Text

    In this Community Teaching call from January 2017, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso teaches on artists and biblical text as seen through literature, visual art and music.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/art-and-biblical-text

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:57pm

  10. Reconstructing Jewish Communities Panel Learning Module

    On the opening night of the Reconstructing Judaism Convention in November of 2018, an extraordinary panel of rabbis reflected on a crucial question: how do we reconstruct Jewish communities in this time and place, to meet tomorrow’s challenges? We’ve divided up the conversation into five sessions, and supplied material for reflection and discussion. We hope you’ll find this conversation as thought-provoking as we did. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/learn/convention-community-panel

    Posted on: 2019/05/10 - 3:20pm

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