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  1. The Reconstructionist Revolution (PEARL call, Jane Litman)

    In this hour-long conference call, Rabbi Jane Litman presents an overview of the revolutionary ideas that underlie the first century of Reconstructionist Judaism.

    Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-revolution-foundational-ideas

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 6:51pm

  2. Bronstein teaching call - Hasidic lens on Parashat Bo

    Today I want to share with you some of what I think are the most astounding, and provocative, and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists, as Jews in general today. But they come from a place that you might never think to look: the 18th-century and 19th-century Hasidic commentaries on the Torah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/hasidic-lens-parashat-bo

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 5:11pm

  3. Who Is A Reconstructionist Jew?

    (Interested in more on Reconstructionist Judaism? Visit Reconstructionism.)

    A Reconstructionist Jew has strong commitments both to tradition and to the search for contemporary meaning. Reconstructionists encourage all Jews to enhance their own lives by reclaiming our shared heritage and becoming active participants in the building of the Jewish future.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-reconstructionist-jew

    Posted on: 2016/12/02 - 9:17am

  4. Recon - Most misunderstood movement (Steven Carr Reuben)

    For those who are curious, here are five simple keys to understanding the philosophy and beliefs of Reconstructionist Judaism. All five are easily remembered by simply keeping in mind the unique definition of Judaism first expressed by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan in his groundbreaking book, Judaism as a Civilization, published in 1934.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionism-explained

    Posted on: 2016/12/09 - 9:43am

  5. Kaplan and the Meaning of Ritual

    Even for those of us who are skeptical about God's role in human history, Jewish ritual can be sacred and holy. I was in Israel not long ago on a UJA Young Leadership Mission. During a morning meeting with our Israeli peers, we turned to the subject of Jewish ritual.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/kaplan-and-meaning-ritual-reconciling-mind-and-heart

    Posted on: 2017/01/04 - 4:20pm

  6. If God Is Good, Why Do Pain and Suffering Exist?

  7. How Can Reconstructionists Pray?

    Reconstructionists are not atheists. The founder of Reconstructionism, Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, was falsely accused of atheism during his lifetime and has been so labeled since his death. Those accusations are made by people who think that either you believe in a God who governs the details of our lives, rewarding and punishing us, orchestrating the things that happen or you don't believe in God at all.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-can-reconstructionists-pray

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 9:53am

  8. Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan as an American Thinker

    Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881-1983) was one of the most acclaimed representatives of liberal religious thought in America, as well as a luminary of the Jewish community, from the 1920s to the 1970s.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/rabbi-mordecai-kaplan-american-thinker

    Posted on: 2005/01/01 - 12:00am

  9. Reconstructionist Radio: The Passover Seder

    This audio program, recorded in 1998, offers an overview of the structure, development and religious meanings of the haggadah and the Passover seder with Rabbis Joy Levitt and Richard Hirsh. It includes a special behind-the-scenes look at the Reconstructionist haggadah, A Night of Questions, and its accompanying music CD. This is an episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit: Reconstructionist Radio hosted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-radio-passover-seder

    Posted on: 2017/04/05 - 4:18pm

  10. Reconstructing for Tomorrow 11/7/17 First Session

    There’s been a tension throughout our history between understanding Reconstructionism as an approach to being Jewish, a set of questions, a set of processes, a set of conversations. Reconstructionism as an organizational structure embodies those questions, those processes, those conversations.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/reconstructingfortomorrowfirstsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/10 - 3:38pm

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