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  1. Les Bronstein - Welcoming the Stranger

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    When people would ask me to describe our congregation, I used to boast to them about the joyous seriousness of our davening; the dedication and intensity of our lehrhaus-style adult learning; the courage of our social action undertakings; and the pride our people take in being a reasonably successful experiment in creating Jewish sacred peoplehood.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/creating-culture-welcome

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:20pm

  2. Gerald Fox - Welcoming the Stranger

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    How do you know if you’re on the right path…this moment, and the next, and the one after that? How many of us, especially if we have over-obligated lives (as many of us do), find ourselves a little startled or even completely shocked that we are in the overgrowth, far from the trail that we had set upon last High Holy Days?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/welcoming-those-who-are-close

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:27pm

  3. Welcoming the Stranger (Brian Field)

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    In 1997 the Colorado Jewish Federation undertook a demographic study of the Denver-Boulder Jewish population.  It discovered an affiliation rate of around 30%. In other words, a majority of Jews were, in effect, strangers in our own community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/including-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:39pm

  4. Being the Stranger (Doris Dyen)

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/being-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:54pm

  5. When Family Are Strangers (Gail Shuster-Bouskila)

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    My late brother was the “stranger” in my life. We were born on the same day two years apart but were so vastly different. It isn’t just the end of his life which sets us apart, it was his personality and the way he lived that made him a conundrum to me. He held responsible jobs for most of his life in spite of constantly fighting depression. Medication was helpful until it wasn’t and had to be adjusted. Those periods were fraught with anxiety and tension for him as well as for me and our family.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/when-family-are-strangers

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:59pm

  6. God Loves the Stranger: Introduction

    God Loves the Stranger

    —Deuteronomy 10:18

    When I take these words deeply into my being, my flesh and blood, there is enormous relief. I am no longer struggling to protect the limited ideas I have about who I am. I am no longer projecting endlessly limited ideas of who you are. I am free. No one is a stranger. Everyone including my so-called enemies is an infinitely complex and precious creature. My labels, categories, and strategies to protect myself from them are paltry in comparison with their sacred mystery.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-loves-stranger-introduction

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 4:09pm

  7. The Shofar and the Tears of Our Mothers

  8. Herring and Havdalah

  9. Yom Kippur at Lincoln Memorial

    (from God Loves the Stranger)

    Today is a day of repentance, renewal, and solidarity.

    Repentance in Hebrew is T’shuvah, which means turning and returning—making an about-face.

    It is a most treasured human gift.

    One who turns around and heads in the right direction Is respected and appreciated.

    Indeed, when we say that we are lost, it is often the beginning of the journey home.

    The Source of Life, the Divine Beloved, calls us to return, calls us to T’shuvah, again and again.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yom-kippur-lincoln-memorial

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 4:46pm

  10. What Are You Asking For?

    (A guided meditation on Psalm 27, from God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers)

     

    One thing I ask of Adonai, only that do I seek.

    Imagine if you could ask one thing of Adonai.

    Imagine if reality, life, all the power and resources in existence could grant you one thing and one thing alone.

    (Pause) Take a few deep belly breaths.

    For this moment let your thoughts float freely.

    What would it be?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/what-are-you-asking-meditation-psalm-27

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 5:15pm

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