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  1. JRF Israel Task Force Report

    This 2004 report from the Jewish Reconstructionist Federationemerged from a movement-wide process that solicited thoughtful input from Reconstructionists across the country. A dedicated committee of rabbis and lay people developed the positions and proposals laid out in the report. While the Task Force’s proposals were never implemented, our revived Israel Task Force will be using the 2004 report as our foundation for moving forward. While much has changed since it was written., most of the earlier report’s framework and recommendations are still compelling and sound.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/jrf-israel-task-force-report-2004

    Posted on: 2004/09/15 - 12:00am

  2. Sandy Sasso: Art and Biblical Text

    In this Community Teaching call from January 2017, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso teaches on artists and biblical text as seen through literature, visual art and music.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/art-and-biblical-text

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:57pm

  3. 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

  4. Beshallah text study - at the sea

    This selection of midrashim on the crossing of the Red Sea provides a window into the tradition’s ethical concerns surrounding this well-known story. The texts may be read below, or downloaded in PDF form.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/sea-selection-midrashim

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 1:30pm

  5. Hagar: The Immigrant Worker

    Many, many years ago in a distant land a woman named Sarah was married to Abraham. Sarah was not able to bear children. She was distressed and often wondered how she could increase her standing in the community and keep the wealth she and her husband had acquired in their family, both of which depended on having children. One day she realized the answer was right there before her eyes in the form of her domestic help, the young immigrant woman from Egypt named Hagar. Sarah knew that Hagar needed the job at her house and would do whatever it took to keep it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/hagar-immigrant-worker

    Posted on: 2017/08/15 - 4:06pm

  6. Text study on gate for Ne'ilah - Gates Locked and Unlocked

    This text study examines the vivid image of gates closing at the end of Yom Kippur.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/gates-locked-and-unlocked-yom-kippur-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:45pm

  7. Hagar the Stranger

    Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it, Ben Bag Bag taught about studying the Torah. Reflect on it, pore over it, grow old and gray with it, for there is no better reward than this. Well, I’m not gray yet, but I sure am getting older, and bald already happened. And with age maybe I’m starting to repeat myself more, but I’ll tell you again: Ben Bag Bag, the ancient sage with the best alliterative name, was a wise man. The Torah continues to reveal its deep wisdom to me, and ever-greater connecting patterns of meaning unfold before me.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/hagar-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 3:38pm

  8. Addressing Race as a Jewish Community

    Yom Kippur is a time when we confess our wrongdoings collectively, and is therefore an opportune moment in the Jewish calendar to reflect on how we can do teshuvah for the ways in which we have failed, communally and individually, to address the issue of racism.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/addressing-race-jewish-community

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:08pm

  9. "Faithful" report on innovation in faith communities

    This groundbreaking report examines the transformation of the American religious landscape and the challenges facing existing religious institutions. As “the research and development arm of the Jewish community,” the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities are cited as a case study of organizational adaptation to face new challenges. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/faithful-report-innovation-faith-communities

    Posted on: 2017/06/19 - 1:00pm

  10. Shlah lecha study sheet on tzitzit

    What is the meaning of the fringes (tzitzit) on a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl)? Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the sources. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-purpose-tzitzit-fringes

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:51pm

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