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  1. On Catastrophe and Renewal

    Rabbi Deborah Waxman asks: What does a post-Holocaust progressive Judaism looks like today? By embracing our shared humanity and valuing difference, we can create a version of the Jewish future that calls us to move forward while drawing from the lessons.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/catastrophe-and-renewal

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  2. The Help We Need Right Now

    Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum responds to Toba Spitzer’s essay “Israel and Us” by asking, rather than focusing on disparate narratives: Are American Jews instead willing to value pragmatism over “ideological purity” when it comes to finding peace in Israel and Palestine?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/help-we-need-right-now

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  3. The Jewish Basis for Environmentalism

    Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb outlines the five pillars that serve as a base for the Jewish environmental movement: sufficiency (dayenu), resilience (kehillah), responsibility (akhrayut), justice (tzedek) and hope (tikvah).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/jewish-basis-environmentalism

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  4. Is It Antisemitic to Consider Zionism a Colonial Project?

    Rabbi Gluskin distinguishes between “colonialism” and “settler colonialism.” Recent use of the term “settler colonialism” correlates with a demand for Palestinian rights rather than with a delegitimization of the State of Israel.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/it-antisemitic-consider-zionism-colonial-project

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  5. 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

  6. Israel Dialogue

    Note: This symposium took place in the summer of 2015, and reflects conversations and events at that time. 

    Welcome to the Jewish Reconstructionist communities’ conversation on Israel and Zionism; this site is now our home for tackling important topics and deepening our relationships with Jewish life and community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dialogue/israel

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 2:24pm

  7. Cutting Edge Judaism Dialogue

    Cutting Edge Judaism: A Dialogue

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dialogue/cutting-edge-judaism

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 5:33pm

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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. 

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

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

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

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