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  1. A Jewish Approach to Discipline

    We've all been students in classrooms where a teacher makes remarks like the following:.

    “Somebody must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning” or “I'm not surprised you forgot your homework. You'd probably forget your head if it wasn't attached to your shoulders” or “You have the lowest score in the class!” We cringe because we can imagine the hurt and embarrassment the remarks have caused. We may even be pained that in the past we said something similar to our students.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-discipline

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:45pm

  2. The Role of Text Study in Congregational Values-Based Decision Making

    In order to develop values-based policies and procedures for our communities, we need to take a few steps back from the more practical concerns and examine our communal principles and Jewish ethical values and teachings. We must first clarify our terms, examine our preexisting attitudes, and understand how our experiences impact the decisions we make in community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/role-text-study-congregational-values-based-decision-making

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:52pm

  3. Wrestling with Rest

    Shabbat, ideally a source of joy, rest and renewal, can also pose some interesting community dilemmas. Many congregations face questions about Sabbath “rules” such as:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/wrestling-rest

    Posted on: 2016/04/26 - 11:26am

  4. Adonai-Elohim: The Two Faces of God

    Right after Yom Kippur I received a frantic telephone call. As I arrived at the home, it was already filled with family and friends. I knew the family very well: serious Jews.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/adonai-elohim-two-faces-god

    Posted on: 2016/04/26 - 11:46am

  5. Dialogue Episode 3 Transcript

  6. Dialogue Episode 1 Transcript

  7. Dialogue Episode 2 Transcript

  8. A History of Reconstructionist Zionism

    In preparing this essay, I had the opportunity to read books, editorials and articles from an 80-year span of Reconstructionist history.[1] This wide-ranging array of material reflects a striking uniformity in Reconstructionist positions on Zionism. From the movement’s outset, every intellectual leader has been a committed Zionist loyal to the same principles. Their responses to changing political situations have been quite predictable based on their earlier positions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/history-reconstructionist-zionism

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 2:27pm

  9. On Occupied Ground

    “It’s the occupation, stupid.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/occupied-ground

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 2:30pm

  10. Finding a New Narrative

    One of my favorite book titles, by writer and political activist Jim Hightower, is There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos. This is a credo to which I generally adhere. I prefer a principled ideological stance based clearly on one's values and analysis of the given situation than a nebulous striving to find “the center.” As it turns out, my values and analysis usually put me squarely in the progressive camp on most political issues.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/finding-new-narrative

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 2:31pm

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