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  1. Nancy F-K Tazria Metzora Dvar Torah

    Last week there appeared in my mailbox at RRC, a book that I had never heard of by someone who was also unknown to me. The book is called The Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology. The author, Mitchell Silver, is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, and a devout secular Jew. His book was occasioned by a growing realization that all of his good philosophical arguments against religion were really arguments against traditional theism, the “old God” as he calls Him. And I use the word “Him” advisedly here.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/why-do-we-pray-dvar-torah-tazriametzora

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 2:31am

  2. Elsie Stern Shavuot 2012 Audio Teaching

    Note: the following is a verbatim transcript for accessibility to the hearing-impaired. It has not been edited for general publication.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/here-there-and-everywhere%E2%80%94three-views-revelation-shavuot

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 3:02am

  3. Kaplan on Creation DT Bereyshit

    The account in Genesis is perplexing to the modern person. We inevitably get bogged down with the first chapter of the Bible because it seems to conflict with our knowledge that comes from the scientific study of the natural world. Mordecai Kaplan being the modern man par-excellence accepted the scientific view of the universe but realized, of course, that the Torah has a different perspective in telling us about the origin of things. In this selection he focuses on the connection between the creation of the world and God's attention to Israel.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/kaplan-creation-explanation-jewish-mission

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 10:05pm

  4. Shabbat and Holiness DT Bereyshit

    This week's parashah is the first in the Torah, Bereyshit. We are all familiar with the story of the creation that we read in these chapters of the Torah. However, the narrative still raised many questions for our rabbis and scholars. One of the many issues debated by the rabbis is the timing of humanity's creation in relationship to Shabbat. Rashi (12th century France) believed that God created Adam right before Shabbat so that he could immediately enter the holy and peaceful realm of Shabbat.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/shabbat-and-holiness

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 10:22pm

  5. Light and Darkness Waxman High Holiday video 2016

    In this video, Rabbi Deborah Waxman offers a High Holiday message of hope in spite of the problems confronting the world and the personal travails we all face.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/light-and-darkness

    Posted on: 2016/09/21 - 3:36pm

  6. Jacob Staub KI Talk on Reconstructionism

    In this talk given at Congregation Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California, Rabbi Jacob Staub explores what makes Reconstructionist communities unique. Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/what-makes-reconstructionist-congregation-different

    Posted on: 2016/10/28 - 1:11am

  7. DT Naso Toba Spitzer

    (Originally published in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible)

    A number of years ago, Pride Weekend in Boston fell on the Shabbat of Parshat Naso. Preparing my d’var Torah for Shabbat morning services that week, I wondered, what might this portion have to teach about GLBT pride?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/impurity-blessing

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:34pm

  8. Fred Dobb Eco-Judaism session - Global Day 2016

    “Love of the Creator, and love of that which G!d has created, are finally one and the same,” wrote Martin Buber.  Defending this divine creation in an era of climate change is a Jewish (and social, political, and moral) imperative.  A rich Jewish life is by nature an environmental one, though we need to pick up the pace, draw more explicit connections, and make our community a beacon of sustainability.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/eco-judaism-there-any-other-kind-how-torah-pushes-sustainability-envelope

    Posted on: 2016/11/21 - 1:20am

  9. Intro to PR and Media Relations Webinar July 2015

    Jewish Reconstructionist Communities has hosted monthly webinars on congregational communications topics ranging from marketing tool best practices to exploring the successful campaigns organized by Reconstructionist congregations.

    Records of past live webinars can be viewed on this site. 

    For more information about these and other resources, contact Rachael Burgess at rburgess@rrc.edu or 215-576-0800, ext. 141.

     

    Introduction to PR and Media Relations

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/webinar-introduction-pr-and-media-relations

    Posted on: 2016/11/21 - 4:00pm

  10. Tazria Metzora Story - Gift of Impermanence

    “Orit!” “Ori-i-i-t!” Her mother was calling, but Orit was preoccupied. “Orit Rivkah bat Mushi!” shouted her mother—the use of her full name indicating a growing consternation. “Where are you?!”
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/gift-impermanence-story-parashat-tazriametzora

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 3:35pm

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