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  1. The Shofar and the Tears of Our Mothers

  2. Yom Kippur at Lincoln Memorial

    (from God Loves the Stranger)

    Today is a day of repentance, renewal, and solidarity.

    Repentance in Hebrew is T’shuvah, which means turning and returning—making an about-face.

    It is a most treasured human gift.

    One who turns around and heads in the right direction Is respected and appreciated.

    Indeed, when we say that we are lost, it is often the beginning of the journey home.

    The Source of Life, the Divine Beloved, calls us to return, calls us to T’shuvah, again and again.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yom-kippur-lincoln-memorial

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 4:46pm

  3. What Are You Asking For?

    (A guided meditation on Psalm 27, from God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers)

     

    One thing I ask of Adonai, only that do I seek.

    Imagine if you could ask one thing of Adonai.

    Imagine if reality, life, all the power and resources in existence could grant you one thing and one thing alone.

    (Pause) Take a few deep belly breaths.

    For this moment let your thoughts float freely.

    What would it be?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/what-are-you-asking-meditation-psalm-27

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 5:15pm

  4. Psalm 27 Interpretation

    לְדָוִ֨ד ׀ יְהוָ֤ה ׀ אוֹרִ֣י וְ֭יִשְׁעִי מִמִּ֣י אִירָ֑א יְהוָ֥ה מָֽעוֹז־חַ֝יַּ֗י מִמִּ֥י אֶפְחָֽד׃

    Awareness is sunlight in the mind. No one can take that from me. Awareness is my life’s stronghold. It absorbs all fear.

    בִּקְרֹ֤ב עָלַ֨י ׀ מְרֵעִים֮ לֶאֱכֹ֪ל אֶת־בְּשָׂ֫רִ֥י צָרַ֣י וְאֹיְבַ֣י לִ֑י הֵ֖מָּה כָשְׁל֣וּ וְנָפָֽלוּ׃

    The hindrances and defilements are as close as my flesh and mind, but they dissolve in the light of being known.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/psalm-27

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:21am

  5. Launch Grant 2017 Shelly Barnathan

  6. Living the Mission: Values-Based Decision-Making and Reconstructing Judaism

    Ben Weiner knows how to pray.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, the 68-year-old former president of Temple Emmanuel in Wakefield, Massachusetts, has been an active synagogue-goer nearly his whole life. He’d long recited much of the service by heart, uttering Hebrew prayers for the coming of the messiah, the resurrection of the dead and thanked God for choosing the Jews to receive the Torah. Yet he’d never really delved into the meaning of the words or examined the extent to which they reflected his own beliefs.

    Until now.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/exploring-liturgy-temple-emmanuel

    Posted on: 2018/03/06 - 10:50am

  7. Printable Torah Blessings

    This two-sided sheet is designed for congregational use during the Torah service. When printed on both sides, it contains the Reconstructionist Torah blessings on one side, and the traditional blessings on the other. 

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/printable-torah-blessings

    Posted on: 2019/09/11 - 10:15am

  8. Prayer for the State of Israel

  9. Making Seder and Kiddush more inclusive

    One of the small but significant innovations of the Reconstructionist haggadah, “A Night of Questions,” was the rubric “wine or grape juice” that appears before each of the traditional four cups of the Seder as well as in the Introduction of how to prepare for Pesach.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-seder-and-kiddush-more-inclusive

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 3:51pm

  10. Ritualwell’s ADVOT Creates Poetic Community

    This article was originally published in the Jewish Exponent by Sasha Rogelberg.

     

    Before Ritualwell was a website containing more than 2,200 liturgy and rituals crowdsourced by Jews, it was an idea of where to put dozens of scraps of paper in the drawers of offices in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Kolot: Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies in Wyncote. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/ritualwells-advot-creates-poetic-community

    Posted on: 2021/10/28 - 4:53pm

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