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  1. "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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Reconstructing for Tomorrow 12/5/2017 Third Session

    The Reconstructionist movement investigates a natural or transnatural understanding of God…that is, setting aside the personal idea of God…and embraces the laws of natural science and accept that they are contained within a divinity.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/reconstructingfortomorrowthirdsession

    Posted on: 2018/02/05 - 10:57am

  9. Does The Torah Require Us To Publicize Names Of Sexual Abusers?

    What does Judaism teach us about how to respond to accusations of harassment or assault? Are we to regard the reputation of the accused as the highest priority even if that means silencing those speaking up against abuse? If so, how can the Jewish community address the problem?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/does-torah-require-us-publicize-names-sexual-abusers

    Posted on: 2018/03/28 - 3:47pm

  10. April 2018 Leadership Column

    Why belong?

    Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/why-belong

    Posted on: 2018/04/09 - 8:43am

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