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  1. Where is God in This?

    “I’ve hit a wall,” a spiritual direction client recently said to me. “I want to discern God’s presence more frequently.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/where-god

    Posted on: 2014/07/22 - 12:00am

  2. Is God to Blame When Bad Things Happen? JJS

    Often enough, I run into people who report that their faith in God was shattered when something terrible happened. If there is a God, they ask, how could He let such things happen?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/god-blame-when-bad-things-happen

    Posted on: 2014/09/01 - 12:00am

  3. Asking for Help - JJS

    It can be extremely difficult to ask for help.

    Contemporary Western secular culture prizes autonomy and self-reliance. From a very early age, we are taught that it is better to be independent than dependent, so that corporations have to train their employees to work cooperatively and interdependently.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/asking-help

    Posted on: 2014/01/29 - 12:00am

  4. "Where Was God?" - Lesson Plan On Natural Disasters and Parashat Noah

    During disasters and their aftermaths, many people wonder about God’s role in their suffering. This lesson seeks to explore God’s role in tragedy from a Jewish Reconstructionist perspective. This lesson is intended for children ages 8-12.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/where-was-god-lesson-plan-natural-disasters-and-parashat-noah

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 1:51pm

  5. Waiting for the Messiah - JJS

    I was in my mid-twenties, delivering an “Introduction to Judaism” talk to a group of fraternity brothers at Lafayette College, when I first heard the question: Jewish people don’t believe the messiah has come? The young man, who identified himself as a member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, lingered long after the program ended to try to understand what that meant. He could not imagine how one could live in such a state.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/waiting-messiah

    Posted on: 2014/01/10 - 12:00am

  6. Seeing the Other

    Recently I was invited to teach a group of queer Jewish undergraduates who on their own initiative, organized themselves into a group that meets weekly over dinner at the campus Hillel Foundation (Jewish Center) to discuss topics and issues of common concern. They asked me to speak on “Queering Jewish Theology,” and I led them for an hour through a study of several traditional sacred texts that suggest ways that human beings might engage with God in a way that does not depend on the approval of communal human authorities.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/seeing-other

    Posted on: 2014/01/01 - 12:00am

  7. Pondering the Meaning of Tisha B'Av

    This article is excerpted from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2. The full Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/pondering-meaning-tisha-bav

    Posted on: 2017/07/27 - 5:27pm

  8. 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

  9. Reconstructing for Tomorrow Second Session

    “As with Torah, so with ecology.”

    green leaves

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/reconstructingfortomorrowsecondsession

    Posted on: 2017/12/05 - 4:06pm

  10. Community Teaching 11-21-2017 - Maurice Harris

    In this Community Learning call from November 21, 2017, Rabbi Maurice Harris talks about the strange way the Torah tells us about Moses’ up-close encounters with God, contradicting itself purposely within the space of nine verses. Two consecutive stories in the Book of Exodus confront us with a crucial paradox about how it is or isn’t possible to encounter the Divine, leaving us as readers with something like an “impossible” mental picture that we may be tempted to try to resolve or to hold as a fruitful paradox.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/moses-encounters-god

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:31pm

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