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  1. The Wealth Gap: How We Chose This Issue

    Our Tikkun Olam Commission developed a set of criteria to guide its social justice recommendations for the movement. Every couple of years, the Commission will advise that the Reconstructionist movement concentrate on a new issue which, on balance, best meets these criteria.

    Here’s how the wealth gap meets the criteria we’ve set for a movement-wide focus:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/wealth-gap-how-we-chose-issue

    Posted on: 2016/04/19 - 2:34pm

  2. About the Wealth Gap

    Justice Further Deferred

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/about-wealth-gap

    Posted on: 2016/04/19 - 2:43pm

  3. Tikkun Olam: Our Current Focus

    The Reconstructionist movement has helped define the vanguard of social justice in the Jewish community, advancing causes from equality for women and the LGBT community, to interfaith dialogue.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/tikkun-olam-our-current-focus

    Posted on: 2020/01/15 - 11:00am

  4. Tzedakah and the Jewish Holidays

    (With thanks to the Shefa Fund - whose successor organization, Jewish Funds for Justice, has become part of Bend The Arc - for the idea for this piece.)

    For centuries, giving to tzedakah has been a traditional way to mark Jewish holidays. But all holidays are not created equal. In this resource, we offer connections between the theme of each holiday or season, and some possible giving opportunities that correspond with it. 

    Rosh Hashanah

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/tzedakah-and-jewish-holidays-giving-social-change

    Posted on: 2016/04/20 - 2:27pm

  5. Our Partners for Justice

    We continue to maintain other tikkun olam alliances, and the Commission evaluates new possibilities on an ongoing basis. Currently we are partners with the following groups:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/our-partners-justice

    Posted on: 2016/04/20 - 2:33pm

  6. How to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful for Our Children

    Helping religious school students experience the richness of the Jewish holiday cycle is one of the great joys of Jewish education. Yom Kippur, however, is probably the most challenging holiday to explain meaningfully on a child's level. Void of an historical/political backdrop, Yom Kippur is a day full of abstractions which often elude adult understanding. What does it really mean for us to create a state of “purity?” What are the ways we need to work on our social relationships and the ways we need to clarify our relationship with God?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-make-yom-kippur-meaningful-our-children

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:20pm

  7. A Version of Israel's Secular Shabbat -- Via a Song

    The song below, Shabbat Ba’boker can be found on Arik Einstein and Yoni Richter’s CD , “When I Was a Kid.” It is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. In a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous Sabbath can be. It is upbeat and jazzy.

    Shabbat Morning
    words by Tirtzah Atar

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/version-israels-secular-shabbat-song

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:42pm

  8. The Binding Of Isaac: What Is the Nature Of the Test?

    Torah Text:

    And it came to pass after these things (lit. words), that God tested Abraham and said, “Abraham.” And he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Take your son, your only son, the one you love, Isaac, and go into the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:1-2)

     

    Commentary:

    Rashi explains “these words” as a conversation God had with Satan:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/binding-isaac-what-nature-test

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:37pm

  9. Next Year in Jerusalem?

    Different Meanings

    Each year, around seder tables throughout the world, Jews and our guests end the haggadah with the phrase, “L'shanah haba'ah biyerushalayim — Next Year in Jerusalem.” Like the four children who appear earlier in the haggadah text as paradigms for the ways Jews approach the historical narrative, those who say or hear “Next Year in Jerusalem” do so with many different degrees of self-knowledge or awareness in relationship to the phrase.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/next-year-jerusalem

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:47pm

  10. Parsing the Meeting of Jacob and Esau

    Torah:

    Jacob is leaving Haran after 20 years. He left originally out of fear that Esau might kill him in revenge for Jacob having tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing. He is on his way back to Canaan when he becomes aware that Esau is approaching him in a large group:

    The messengers returned to Jacob and said, “We came to your brother Esau. He is also approaching you. He has 400 people with him.” Jacob feared greatly and was distressed.(Genesis 32:6-7)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/parsing-meeting-jacob-and-esau

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:13pm

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