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  1. Truth and Deception text study

    Study sheet and leader’s notes on the Jewish sources, ethics and interpersonal consequences of lying and truth-telling.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/truth-deception-and-interpersonal-relationships

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 7:08pm

  2. On Torah & Wilderness - shavuot study sheet

    Study sheet on the significance of having received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, in the wilderness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/torah-wilderness

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:53pm

  3. Why We Need Process Theology

    What is “process theology”? Rabbi Toba Spitzer argues that it offers ways to think and talk about God that make sense in a modern scientific framework, that resonate with Jewish texts and traditions, and that promote wise and ethical behavior. 

    This article originally appeared in CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Winter 2012. Copyright by Central Conference of American Rabbis. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/why-we-need-process-theology

    Posted on: 2016/11/18 - 8:21am

  4. Text Study - Genesis - Nature of First Human

    In the first two chapters of the Torah, we find two different accounts of the creation of humanity. In the first, humanity is created as a complete entity, male and female. In the second, Adam is created first, while Eve originates from his rib. In this text study, Rabbi Maurice Harris explores the tension between these two stories, and presents a teaching from Midrash Bereishit Rabbah that presents food for thought about gender, essentialism, and the nature of humanity. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/text-study-creation-story-nature-first-human

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:53pm

  5. The Midwives of Exodus Text Study

    The following is an easily-accessible text study about the ethnic ambiguity that the Torah presents us with regarding the midwives who refused to obey Pharaoh's orders. (Exodus, Chapter 1). 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/midwives-exodus-interfaith-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:58pm

  6. Twelve Years A Slave Passover Resource

    This printable resource pairs selected quotes from Solomon Northup’s autobiographical memoir, 12 Years a Slave, with quotes from the Exodus and other Jewish texts. It could be used as source material for divrei torah; as an adult education or religious school resource (probably for middle school and up); or as a Haggadah insert for community or Hillel seders or to individual home seders. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/twelve-years-slave-passover-resource

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 2:11pm

  7. When You Say God, What Do You Mean?

    When we say “God” what do we mean? Ideas of God have changed dramatically over Jewish history. These Powerpoint slides explore some of that evolution. These slides accompanied Rabbi Maurice Harris's talk from the Global Day of Jewish Learning, 2010. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/when-you-say-god-what-do-you-mean

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 2:28pm

  8. Environmental Activism and Jewish Spirituality - RT

    This symposium among eight Reconstructionist leaders explores the interface between environmental activism and Jewish spirituality. Originally published in Winter 2001/2002 issue of Reconstructionism Today, this discussion remains relevant and valuable. 

    The leaders participating, and their positions at the time, were:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/environmental-activism-and-jewish-spirituality

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 8:40am

  9. Theology Through the Civilizations Text Study

    In this text study, Rabbi James Greene examines diverse ideas of God throughout the evolution of Jewish civilization. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/theology-through-jewish-civilization

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 3:57pm

  10. Text study on Lekh Lekha and Zionism

    This text study pairs Biblical passages on the Promised Land with contemporary text selections on the same topic.  Each text represents a view of what “Promised Land” means, and has been interpreted by Jewish thinkers, over the millennia. Guide questions are provided, along with a short leader's guide. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/lekh-lekha-and-promised-land-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 4:12pm

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