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  1. Open Letter on Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined a broad coalition of organizations from across the Jewish community — including leaders of major organizations and the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox movements — in releasing a letter urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017 (S. 2060).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/open-letter-burma-human-rights-and-freedom-act

    Posted on: 2018/01/05 - 10:54am

  2. Moses' Double Mission - DT Va'era Eron

    This week’s Torah portion, Va’era, is set in Egypt. Moses has already returned from his exile in Midian. He has had his first and unsuccessful encounter with Pharaoh, who, in response to Moses’ request to allow the Israelites the opportunity to worship God in the wilderness, has placed additional burdens on the already overworked Israelite slaves. In addition to Pharaoh’s scorn, Moses’ own people abuse him for the troubles they believe he has brought upon them. Soon after it has begun, Moses’ mission already seems to have come to an end.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/moses-double-mission

    Posted on: 2018/01/05 - 11:07am

  3. These Are The Names Shemot DT Micah B-K

    The Book of Exodus, Shemot in Hebrew, begins with the listing of names. A recounting of “who is who” as a new era opens. While Genesis/Bereshit begins the Jewish journey following one family, as we begin Exodus, the narrative begins to be about a people emerging into being. This week’s portion continues some 375 years after the end of the Genesis text.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/these-are-names

    Posted on: 2018/01/05 - 1:08pm

  4. Letter Urging Israel to Halt Deportation of Asylum-Seekers

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the early signatories of this letter organized by the New Israel Fund, HIAS, T’ruah and Right Now. The full letter with signatories can be found here.

    The letter reads:

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We write as Jewish clergy from around the world to urge you to stop the deportations of asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have sought refuge in Israel.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-urging-israel-halt-deportation-asylum-seekers

    Posted on: 2018/01/22 - 12:00am

  5. Amicus Brief in Support of Unions

    Reconstructionist institutions joined an amicus curiae brief filed by Faith in Public life in the case of Janus vs. AFCME et al. The numerous religious organizations joining the brief did so under the “deep conviction that labor unions are indispensable to achieving social justice. Social justice for laborers has deep roots in scripture and tradition and the importance of unions has been acknowledged by organized religion since the nineteenth century.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/amicus-brief-supporting-unions

    Posted on: 2018/01/19 - 12:00am

  6. Blueprint for a Full Jewish Life - DT Terumah Schein

    Reprinted by permission of the Cleveland Jewish News.

    This d’var Torah is one of a series influenced by the Me’am Loez Sephardic Torah commentary.

    If we review briefly the last several parshiot of Exodus, we see an interesting pattern. We began with mythic moments of redemption from slavery and the revelation of the Torah in Bo, Beshalakh, and Yitro. Human beings cannot live without these moments, but living with them only is also impossible. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/blueprint-full-jewish-life

    Posted on: 2018/02/09 - 3:35pm

  7. An Open Letter Concerning the Safety and Future of African Asylum Seekers

    In an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reconstructing Judaism and the other undersigned organizations urge him to pursue a humane solution for the 39,000 asylum seekers currently within Israel’s borders. The letter is attached as a PDF, and its text follows:

     

    April 5, 2018

    His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu
    Prime Minister of the State of Israel

    Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/open-letter-concerning-safety-and-future-african-asylum-seekers

    Posted on: 2018/04/05 - 6:00pm

  8. National Jewish Group Letter supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the 55 national Jewish groups joining together in a letter to Senate leaders opposing the House-passed ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/national-jewish-group-letter-supporting-americans-disabilities-act

    Posted on: 2018/04/10 - 12:00am

  9. Blood - Aharei Mot DT Dannin

    References to blood appear at least sixty-five times in the Torah, and more, depending on how you do the counting and excluding references to menses. In this parashah, it appears primarily in connection with sacrifices (Lev.16:14-15, 16:18-19, 16:27, 17:3-6).

    But the more intriguing reference is in Lev. 17:10-14, where we are told:

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

    Posted on: 2018/04/20 - 1:49pm

  10. Love the Stranger As Yourself DT Kligler Kedoshim

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