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  1. 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

  2. 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-0

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:39pm

  3. A Discussion About Teaching Hanukkah: Miracle or Not?

    Discussion from November 2004


    Toni Bloomberg Grossman, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

    Hi everyone,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/discussion-about-teaching-hanukkah-miracle-or-not

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:31pm

  4. God in Metaphor

    For many people, attending High Holydays services is a bit like going to a play where you really don't like the main character—where, much of the time, you doubt the very existence of the main character! If the “main character” in our traditional High Holydays liturgy is God, this can be quite a problem for anyone seeking a meaningful spiritual experience.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-metaphor-guide-perplexed

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:25pm

  5. Pregnant in Israel

    The belly of a pregnant woman is public property. Traditional Jewish law divides domains into public (reshut harabim) and private (reshut hayahid), much like American law. While there is probably no case establishing this in the She’elot U’tshuvot (body of law known as the Responsa Literature containing questions asked of authoritative rabbis), the general public in Israel has indeed ruled that my belly, like the bellies of all pregnant women, belongs to the reshut harabim.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/pregnant-israel

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:37pm

  6. 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

  7. Recon Torah March 2015

    “…Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground!” (Genesis 4:10)

    What is the cry of John Lewis’s blood, spilled on the Edmond Pettus Bridge 50 years ago? Or, the blood of the many other people killed or beaten in the struggle for civil rights in America?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/his-blood-cries-out-faith-and-love

    Posted on: 2015/03/09 - 12:00am

  8. Recon Torah Oct 2015

    We’ve just finished the High Holidays. For many of us, this was a time to reflect once again upon the themes of remembrance, renewal and the awesome transcendence of the universe. It was also the time when we encountered, once again, the story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac, along with the greatest hits, once again, of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/quiet-themes-come-life

    Posted on: 2015/10/07 - 12:00am

  9. Recon Torah January 2016

    In the New York Times Sunday Styles section a few weeks ago (of all places, and yes, I read it), there was an article about the various trainings that colleges and universities are now providing to educate students about sexual consent. Many of these trainings include scenarios and analogies that are designed to get students thinking about what “real” consent is. The scenarios raise questions like: Does consent have to be verbal? Do the participants need to consent at each step of the way? What counts as coercion?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/intricacies-consent

    Posted on: 2016/01/28 - 12:00am

  10. Rabbi Fredi's Challah

    High Holiday Sweet Cranberry Challah

    Marlyn’s Grandfather’s Recipe

    This is—simply stated—my favorite challah recipe…..and I have tried many!!!!

    Ingredients: to make this a pareve challah for a meat meal

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/rabbi-fredis-challah

    Posted on: 2016/04/14 - 9:57am

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