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  1. For the Sake of the World: Toba Spitzer on peoplehood and mission

    Originally delivered at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Rosh Hashanah 5764

    Where do we first hear about Rosh Hashanah? In the Torah, in the book of Leviticus, we read:

    Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelites, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be for you a day a rest, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of the shofar, a holy assembly. (23:23).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/sake-world

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:38pm

  2. Child's Biography of Mordecai Kaplan

    This short biography of Mordecai Kaplan is written for children from 5th to 9th grade. It also has proved useful for adult education classes for a brief review of Kaplan’s life before delving into other topics of Kaplanian or Reconstructionist thought. It is accompanied by study questions that might guide your exploration of the meaning of the value of Kaplan’s life and work after having read the story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/childs-biography-mordecai-kaplan

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:25pm

  3. Teen Exercise: Exploration of God Beliefs

    This pilot program for Jewish teen education provides several activities for exploring and sharing beliefs about God. Originally written in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year, this experimental program can be used in a variety of settings and times of year. 

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/exploration-god-beliefs-teen-program

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:29pm

  4. Yigdal Reconstructionist Text Study

    Yigdal, one of the most beloved of the medieval piyyutim (liturgical poems), appears as an opening hymn in the daily morning service. Yigdal summarizes the thirteen principles of the Jewish faith as formulated by Moses Maimonides (RaMBaM; late 12th century C.E.) in his Mishnah commentary on Sanhedrin 10:1.
     
    Reconstructionists often proudly assert that when we pray with a Reconstructionist siddur, we feel that we can 'say what we mean and mean what we say,' because our liturgical language reflects Reconstructionist theology.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/yigdal-reconstructionist-examination

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 2:00pm

  5. The Reconstructionist Revolution (PEARL call, Jane Litman)

    In this hour-long conference call, Rabbi Jane Litman presents an overview of the revolutionary ideas that underlie the first century of Reconstructionist Judaism.

    Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-revolution-foundational-ideas

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 6:51pm

  6. New Approach to Shabbat Practice (Schwartz)

    Congregation B'nai Israel in Willimantic, Connecticut underwent a long communal Reconstructionist process to decide on congregational rules for Shabbat practice. This newsletter article documents that process, and explains the values weighed and the eventual outcome that was reached. This document can serve as an exemplar for Values Based Decision Making on other topics as well. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/new-approach-rules-shaping-shabbat-practice

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 1:41pm

  7. Bronstein teaching call - Hasidic lens on Parashat Bo

    Today I want to share with you some of what I think are the most astounding, and provocative, and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists, as Jews in general today. But they come from a place that you might never think to look: the 18th-century and 19th-century Hasidic commentaries on the Torah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/hasidic-lens-parashat-bo

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 5:11pm

  8. Who Is A Reconstructionist Jew?

    (Interested in more on Reconstructionist Judaism? Visit Reconstructionism.)

    A Reconstructionist Jew has strong commitments both to tradition and to the search for contemporary meaning. Reconstructionists encourage all Jews to enhance their own lives by reclaiming our shared heritage and becoming active participants in the building of the Jewish future.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-reconstructionist-jew

    Posted on: 2016/12/02 - 9:17am

  9. Recon - Most misunderstood movement (Steven Carr Reuben)

    For those who are curious, here are five simple keys to understanding the philosophy and beliefs of Reconstructionist Judaism. All five are easily remembered by simply keeping in mind the unique definition of Judaism first expressed by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan in his groundbreaking book, Judaism as a Civilization, published in 1934.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionism-explained

    Posted on: 2016/12/09 - 9:43am

  10. Kaplan and the Meaning of Ritual

    Even for those of us who are skeptical about God's role in human history, Jewish ritual can be sacred and holy. I was in Israel not long ago on a UJA Young Leadership Mission. During a morning meeting with our Israeli peers, we turned to the subject of Jewish ritual.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/kaplan-and-meaning-ritual-reconciling-mind-and-heart

    Posted on: 2017/01/04 - 4:20pm

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