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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Prayer for the State of Israel

  4. Reconstructionist Judaism: A Crash Course

    If you advertise yourself as a Reconstructionist rabbi, people will inevitably corner you with “the” question: “Can you tell me—in a few words—what Reconstructionist Judaism is all about?”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionist-judaism-crash-course

    Posted on: 2016/05/30 - 2:21pm

  5. Political Activism as a Form of Prayer

    Reflecting on the rituals and higher purpose of protest.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/political-activism-form-prayer

    Posted on: 2016/04/13 - 1:55pm

  6. Can a Reconstructionist Sin?

    Some years ago, at an informal lunch shared by a number of us who worked for the same Jewish agency, a staffer indicated she had no need to attend Yom Kippur services. Predictably provoked, we asked why. Yom Kippur was all about sin, she replied, and since she never sinned, she had nothing for which to atone.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/can-reconstructionist-sin

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 11:06am

  7. Reconstructing Halakha

    Many Reconstructionists and other liberal Jews seem afraid of the term halakha, reacting as if it invokes some dark presence coming out of the past to crush them with its oppressive weight. They would be surprised to learn that Mordecai Kaplan wrote that “Jewish life [is] meaningless without Jewish law.” He made this statement not as the young rabbi of an Orthodox congregation, but relatively late in his career, in one of his most thorough and systematic examinations of Jewish life in America, The Future of the American Jew (1948).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructing-halakha

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 11:01am

  8. Reconstructionist Chutzpah

    Chabad shluchim, Beat poets, stoner Kabbalah artists, Walt Whitman, Rebbe Nachman, Mizrahi social activists: each of these occupy a place in my constellation of influences, waning and waxing in potency. I revere them and I synthesize many of their characteristics and techniques in my work.

    Mordecai Kaplan is not on this list, nor are other “Reconstructionist” spiritual leaders. So am I a Reconstructionist rabbi? What does it mean to be Reconstructionist?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionist-chutzpah-spirit-provocation

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 11:32am

  9. Values, Middle East Politics and the Future of Israel

  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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