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  1. Joint Letter Calling for Syrian Refugee Resettlement

    On April 27th, RRC/JRC co-signed a letter with 36 national organizations calling on President Trump to resettle more Syrian refugees after the horrific chemical attacks on Syrians earlier in the month. In part, the letter reads:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/joint-letter-calling-syrian-refugee-resettlement

    Posted on: 2017/04/27 - 12:00am

  2. Joint Letter Urging Support for Haitians at Risk of Deportation

    RRC and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined more than 400 faith leaders and organizations in this May 1, 2017 letter urging Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to extend Haitian refugees’ Temporary Protected Status.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/joint-letter-urging-support-haitians-risk-deportation

    Posted on: 2017/05/01 - 12:00am

  3. Faith Organization Letter Against Funding the Commission on Election Integrity

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities signed a letter to Congress opposing the funding of President Trump’s “Commission on Election Integrity.” In the letter’s words:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/faith-organization-letter-against-funding-commission-election-integrity

    Posted on: 2017/07/20 - 12:00am

  4. Ownership and Return DT Ki Tetzey Pik-Nathan

    This week’s parashah, Ki Tetzey, contains the greatest number of mitzvot/commandments of any Torah portion. The 72 mitzvot found in the parashah focus on everything from the treatment of captives, defiant children, lost animals and the poor through laws of inheritance, weights and fair weights and measures. This amalgam of mitzvot may seem random at times, yet there is a guiding principle that reminds us not to be indifferent to other people and the world around us.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/ownership-and-return

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 1:23pm

  5. Returning Lost Objects - DT Ki Tetzey SCR

    When we are lucky, there are unexpected moments in life that suddenly present us with the opportunity to find out who we really are. I recall one such moment during my time as a rabbi in the Los Angeles area. It involved then-22-year-old Ascension Franco Gonzales, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who came to this country from Hidalgo with one goal in mind: to send back enough money to build a two-story cinder-block house for his parents.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/out-sight-not-out-mind

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 1:12pm

  6. Justice, Justice - DT Shoftim Kligler

    This week’s Parsha, Shoftim, begins with this famous declaration:

    Tzedek, tzedek tirdof / צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף 

    Justice, justice thou shalt pursue.

    Deuteronomy 16:20

    This is one of the central declarations of the Torah, echoed in many other instructions. For example:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/justice-justice

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 11:59am

  7. It Just Isn't So! DT Eron Ki Tetzey

    There comes a point in the life of all faithful Jews when we face the fact that what the Torah says, just isn’t so. This does not occur when we see the differences between the ancient understanding of the origins and structures of the physical world and contemporary scientific knowledge. The Torah is not a science text book, but uses the knowledge of its time to illustrate the various ways in which God, the Creator, interacts with creation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/it-just-isnt-so

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 1:15pm

  8. Melekh Ha-Olem DT Shoftim Eron

    Each time we pronounce a blessing, we are making a political statement. Within the introduction to every blessing are the words which declare that our Eternal God is melekh ha-olam, Sovereign of the Universe. Every time we express our gratitude for the opportunities and experiences life offers us, we also affirm our loyalty to God as our sovereign and acknowledge our citizenship in the Divine One’s dominion. In Hebrew this is called kabbalat ol malchut shamayim, accepting the yoke of the kingdom of heaven. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/melekh-ha-olam-sovereign-all

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 11:44am

  9. Endorsement of NILI Interfaith letter on peace in middle east

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the 35 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious leaders sending a letter to President Trump agreeing that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. 

    In a statement released through the National Interfaith Leadership Initiative (NILI), the religious leaders state: “Based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/endorsement-letter-middle-east-peace

    Posted on: 2017/07/24 - 12:00am

  10. Amicus Brief: Opposing Travel and Refugee Ban, 9th Circuit

    Reconstructionist institutions signed onto this interfaith Amicus Curiae brief to the 9th Circuit opposing the Executive Order travel ban of March 6, 2017. In this brief, over 50 faith-based organizations united to speak with one voice against the imposition of barriers to entering this country that are based solely on ethnicity, nationality, or religion, as well as the suspension and reduction of the United States Refugee Assistance Program.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/amicus-brief-opposing-travel-and-refugee-ban-9th-circuit

    Posted on: 2017/04/20 - 12:00am

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