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  1. Teen Exercise: Exploration of God Beliefs

    This pilot program for Jewish teen education provides several activities for exploring and sharing beliefs about God. Originally written in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year, this experimental program can be used in a variety of settings and times of year. 

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/exploration-god-beliefs-teen-program

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:29pm

  2. Reconstructionism, Chosenness, and the Abrahamic Dialogue

    The first time I encountered the idea that Jews were a “chosen people,” I learned that this was a mistaken and even pernicious belief that was held by other Jews. The rejection of chosenness made sense to me then as a 12 year old preparing for her bat mitzvah in a Reconstructionist congregation. It has continued to make sense to me over the years, for all the reasons that Rabbi Deborah Waxman so eloquently lays out in her article, “Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionism-chosenness-and-abrahamic-dialogue

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:44am

  3. Adonai-Elohim: The Two Faces of God

    Right after Yom Kippur I received a frantic telephone call. As I arrived at the home, it was already filled with family and friends. I knew the family very well: serious Jews.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/adonai-elohim-two-faces-god

    Posted on: 2016/04/26 - 11:46am

  4. "Where Was God?" - Lesson Plan On Natural Disasters and Parashat Noah

    During disasters and their aftermaths, many people wonder about God’s role in their suffering. This lesson seeks to explore God’s role in tragedy from a Jewish Reconstructionist perspective. This lesson is intended for children ages 8-12.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/where-was-god-lesson-plan-natural-disasters-and-parashat-noah

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 1:51pm

  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. How Can Reconstructionists Pray?

    Reconstructionists are not atheists. The founder of Reconstructionism, Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, was falsely accused of atheism during his lifetime and has been so labeled since his death. Those accusations are made by people who think that either you believe in a God who governs the details of our lives, rewarding and punishing us, orchestrating the things that happen or you don't believe in God at all.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-can-reconstructionists-pray

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 9:53am

  7. God in Metaphor

    For many people, attending High Holydays services is a bit like going to a play where you really don't like the main character—where, much of the time, you doubt the very existence of the main character! If the “main character” in our traditional High Holydays liturgy is God, this can be quite a problem for anyone seeking a meaningful spiritual experience.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-metaphor-guide-perplexed

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:25pm

  8. Yigdal Reconstructionist Text Study

    Yigdal, one of the most beloved of the medieval piyyutim (liturgical poems), appears as an opening hymn in the daily morning service. Yigdal summarizes the thirteen principles of the Jewish faith as formulated by Moses Maimonides (RaMBaM; late 12th century C.E.) in his Mishnah commentary on Sanhedrin 10:1.
     
    Reconstructionists often proudly assert that when we pray with a Reconstructionist siddur, we feel that we can 'say what we mean and mean what we say,' because our liturgical language reflects Reconstructionist theology.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/yigdal-reconstructionist-examination

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 2:00pm

  9. Can a Reconstructionist Sin?

    Some years ago, at an informal lunch shared by a number of us who worked for the same Jewish agency, a staffer indicated she had no need to attend Yom Kippur services. Predictably provoked, we asked why. Yom Kippur was all about sin, she replied, and since she never sinned, she had nothing for which to atone.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/can-reconstructionist-sin

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 11:06am

  10. What's God Have to Do With It?

    A High Holiday Sermon delivered by by Rabbi Sid Schwarz at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD
    Yom Kippur 2007

    Some of you will remember the old Art Linkletter show. His signature piece on the show was his interviews with children which he later compiled in a book called Kids Say the Darndest Things. I thought of this when I recently picked up a book entitled, Children’s Letters to God. Here are a few excerpts:

    “Dear God:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/whats-god-have-do-it

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:32am

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