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  1. Asking for Help - JJS

    It can be extremely difficult to ask for help.

    Contemporary Western secular culture prizes autonomy and self-reliance. From a very early age, we are taught that it is better to be independent than dependent, so that corporations have to train their employees to work cooperatively and interdependently.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/asking-help

    Posted on: 2014/01/29 - 12:00am

  2. Is God to Blame When Bad Things Happen? JJS

    Often enough, I run into people who report that their faith in God was shattered when something terrible happened. If there is a God, they ask, how could He let such things happen?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/god-blame-when-bad-things-happen

    Posted on: 2014/09/01 - 12:00am

  3. Where is God in This?

    “I’ve hit a wall,” a spiritual direction client recently said to me. “I want to discern God’s presence more frequently.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/where-god

    Posted on: 2014/07/22 - 12:00am

  4. Light Through The Cracks - DW

    Recently on the radio, I listened to the new president vigorously assert his belief in the effectiveness of torture. This is not news: he had made his views on the topic clear as a candidate. But this radio report was further evidence, piled onto President Trump’s intimidation of the media and his assertions that falsehoods are truths and truths falsehoods, that we are living in a new reality, where the leader of the free world champions the practices of despots and dictators.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/light-through-cracks

    Posted on: 2017/02/01 - 2:51pm

  5. Spirituality and Mental Health

    This was originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

    “Humans plan, and God laughs.”

    This Yiddish proverb is not as impious as it might seem at first glance. It declares succinctly an undeniable truth of the human condition: We are not in control. No matter how meticulously we plan, there are innumerable variables for which we can't fully account.

    Often enough, we plan, and things turn out the way we want. And then we are tempted to believe that we are in control after all.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/spirituality-and-mental-health

    Posted on: 2016/06/10 - 12:00am

  6. Remembering How To Listen: A Reconstructionist Trip to Israel

  7. Politics from the Pulpit

    This year our synagogue is raising up the value of Tikkun Olam – our responsibility to take action to repair the world. If we take seriously our responsibility to repair the brokenness of the world, we have to look at problems that are too big for us to resolve on our own. For example, no matter how much we recycle or conserve energy as individuals, global warming requires systemic responses including governing bodies and cultural change.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/politics-pulpit-speaking-publicly-about-repairing-world-together

    Posted on: 2017/01/26 - 9:49pm

  8. The First Reconstructionist Birthright Journey

     
    At the very beginning of the first ever Reconstructionist Birthright trip, our tour guide instructed our group to use the word journey when referring to these 10 days in Israel. Though it sounded hokey, I knew that Birthright wanted all of its participants to leave Israel feeling some sort of impact on their personal development. What I didn’t know was that these 10 days truly would become a journey, not only for myself but also for my fellow young Reconstructionist Jews.
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/first-reconstructionist-birthright-journey

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 11:11am

  9. Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

    On a recent evening in Scarsdale, N.Y., I was at the Mid-Westchester JCC, speaking on a panel to a packed and spirited room. We’d been invited to discuss marriage equality and Jewish values, and the tone was certainly celebratory. We acknowledged we have farther to go, but in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last year on gay marriage, we’ve certainly come a long way.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/marriage-equality-and-religious-freedom

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 4:24pm

  10. Getting Back on the Balance Beam

    A recent uncomfortable episode at Camp JRF moved Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, the Reconstructionist camp's executive director, and Rabbi Jacob Lieberman, a member of the rabbinic staff, to recount the experience in a piece for eJewishphilanthropy.com. Read the piece on the  publication's website – and check out the interesting comments - or just scroll down.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/getting-back-balance-beam

    Posted on: 2016/08/17 - 3:04pm

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