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  1. Letter in Support of OFF (Off Fossil Fuels) Act

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are signatories to a letter by Food & Water Watch urging members of Congress to co-sponsor HR3671, the OFF (Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future) Act. The bill would place a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects, and move our electricity and most transportation systems to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also funding for jobs and economic development for those working in the fossil fuel industry.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-support-fossil-fuels-act

    Posted on: 2017/10/03 - 10:06am

  2. DT Lekh Lekha Ellen Dannin

    If ever there were a person for whom Psalm 145 — the Ashrei — was written, it is Avraham. Ashrei begins: “Happy are they who dwell in your house” and then continues through the Hebrew alphabet to list God’s attributes and blessings bestowed on us and our reasons for giving thanks.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/avraham-happiness-and-gods-open-hand

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:11pm

  3. Be a Blessing - DT Lekh Lekha SPN

    The parashah begins with God’s call to Avram (his name won’t be changed to Avraham until later) to “Go forth from your land, from your kindred, from your father’s house, to the land that I will let you see. I will make a great nation of you and will give you blessing and will make your name great. Be a blessing!”
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/be-blessing

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:24pm

  4. Go to Yourself: Abraham and the Spiritual Journey DT Kligler

    And YHVH said to Abram, “Lekh Lekha (go forth, but literally go to yourself) from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)

     

    וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/go-yourself-abraham-and-spiritual-journey

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:42pm

  5. National Jewish Letter on DREAM Act

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter from the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, supporting the DREAM Act.

    The full letter is attached as a pdf. It reads, in part:

    We, the undersigned national Jewish agencies and organizations, are deeply concerned about the 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who will soon be at risk of detention and deportation unless Congress acts swiftly to provide permanent protection. We urge you to pass a clean Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440) before January 19, 2018.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/national-jewish-letter-dream-act

    Posted on: 2018/01/17 - 11:56am

  6. Joint Filing Opposing Anti-LGBTQ Religious Exemptions in Supreme Court Case

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and many Reconstructionist leaders were among 1,300 clergy and faith leaders representing half a million congregants from approximately 50 unique faith traditions across the U.S. who joined together to send a clear message that businesses open to the public must serve all. The clergy filed a friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/amicus-opposing-religious-exemptions

    Posted on: 2017/10/30 - 11:30am

  7. Filling in the Missing Pieces of Sarah's Life

    Should we be surprised that a parasha entitled Hayey Sarah, “the life of Sarah”, in fact opens with the death of Sarah, and encompasses nothing of her life story?

    Torah is full of round-about tales and messages. Here is one that is perhaps more significant for being less straightforward. It is about Sarah, and yet not about one person, for it clearly connects to the origins of a people.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/filling-missing-pieces-sarahs-life

    Posted on: 2017/11/03 - 12:33pm

  8. Abraham's Second Life DT Hayey Sarah

    In the Stone Edition Chumash, the brief note on Genesis 25:1-11, which summarizes Abraham’s life after the death of his wife, Sarah, and the marriage of their son, Isaac, to Rebecca, reveals more about human life

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/abrahams-second-life

    Posted on: 2017/11/03 - 12:41pm

  9. Quality or Quantity? DT Hayey Sarah

    “And the life of Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years; these were the years of the life of Sarah…” begins our Torah portion this week. Interestingly, Sarah’s age is not revealed with any sense of awe for the number of years she lived. Was there something different about the way our ancestors aged or counted? Or is there something we are missing in our reading of the story?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/quality-or-quantity

    Posted on: 2017/11/07 - 5:02pm

  10. Questioning Jacob's and Rebecca's Behavior DT Toldot Gluskin

    In the Torah, Rebecca and Jacob use deception to get Jacob the birthright due to his brother Esau. It is natural and healthy to question the behavior of Jacob and Rebecca. Our ancestors don’t have to be perfect to gain our interest. In fact, they may be more interesting because they are flawed. By studying these characters and trying to figure them out, we learn more about ourselves.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/questioning-jacobs-and-rebeccas-behavior

    Posted on: 2017/11/09 - 12:21pm

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