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  1. Creative Expression Landing

    Reconstructionism views Judaism not just as a religion, but as a civilization. Art, literature, music, theater, dance—each of these expressions of creativity is an important facet of a rich, dynamic Jewish civilization in dialogue with the world around us. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/creative-expression

    Posted on: 2016/12/08 - 1:53pm

  2. Spirituality Landing

    Religion is the container for the life of the spirit. It is the gravity that anchors spirit to earth, translating the vision of the soul into the responsibility of the individual. In the best of all possible worlds, spirituality and religion are partners. The soul’s most profound experiences with a presence greater than the self are given form and articulation through liturgy, ritual and moral law. Religious forms, in turn, remain constantly open to the renewal of sacred moments. If spirituality at its best lifts us up, religion at its best keeps us rooted.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/learn/spirituality

    Posted on: 2016/12/09 - 10:21am

  3. Shabbat landing

    There is no more prominent and frequent occurrence in the Jewish calendar than the weekly arrival of Shabbat. Along with the remaining six days of the week, Shabbat provides the basic rhythm of Jewish time. Six days of work, one day of rest: mundane, holy. Hurry up, slow down. Get distracted, return to the Source of All. Worry about yourself and your loved ones, remember your blessings. In the Havdala blessing that marks the end of Shabbat, God is praised for distinguishing between holy and mundane (hamavdil beyn kodesh l’ḥol).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/shabbat

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 11:42am

  4. High Holidays Landing

    The Hebrew name given to the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is Yamim Nora’im, the Days of Awe. At the heart of our preparations for the Days of Awe is the concept of change and transformation. Jewish tradition understands that human beings are not perfect. We make mistakes that affect others as well as ourselves, but these errors of judgment, omission and commission need not remain with us forever. On Rosh Hashana, we celebrate life and the possibility of new beginnings.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/high-holidays

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 11:47am

  5. Yom Kippur landing

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, provides a day of intense self-scrutiny and self-affliction within which to undertake looking inward with the primary goals of atonement, forgiveness, and spiritual cleansing and renewal. The Mishna (Yoma 8.9) teaches that Yom Kippur allows us to atone for transgressions against God, but does not allow us to atone for transgressions against our fellow human beings unless we have first made peace with one another.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/high-holidays/yom-kippur

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 11:55am

  6. Rosh Hashanah Landing

    Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, focuses on God’s judgment and ultimately on a new beginning for humanity: hayom harat olam—the day the world is born anew. The major themes of Rosh HaShana are the creation of the world, the sovereignty of God, divine judgment and remembrance. These themes present an opportunity to identify the creativity that persists every day—the sovereignty of God as the power or energy in the universe that makes for a renewal of humanity, of the world and of community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/high-holidays/rosh-hashanah

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 11:57am

  7. Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret Landing

    Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah mark the end of Sukkot, even though technically they are not part of the Sukkot festival; they are a separate holiday unto themselves. On Shemini Atzeret, we observe the beginning of the rainy season in the Land of Israel with prayers for rain. Reflecting a somber mood, sometimes with melodies reminiscent of the High Holy Days, Shemini Atzeret is a time for lighting Yahrzeit candles for those who have died and commemorating our lost loved ones with a Yizkor service.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/simchat-torah-and-shemini-atzeret

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:07pm

  8. Sukkot Landing

    Five days after the end of Yom Kippur, the festival of Sukkot begins. Sukkot is a weeklong holiday dedicated to bringing worship outside, literally, and it can be understood as our opportunity to face the world anew after the powerful experience of introspection and t’shuva (commitment to change) of the preceding days. One of the three pilgrimage festivals (sh’losh regalim), Sukkot is both a harvest festival and connects us to the time when recently freed Israelites built fragile lives and homes in the wilderness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/sukkot

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:08pm

  9. Hanukkah Landing

    Hanukkah is a relatively new holiday. It developed in the post-Biblical period, after the successful rebellion in 169-166 BCE against the religious persecutions of King Antiochus IV. The rabbis of the Talmud later wove together extra-biblical stories of the victory with a narrative of miraculous intervention, signified by the miracle of the oil which lasted eight nights rather than one.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/hanukkah

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:14pm

  10. Tu B'Shvat Landing

    Tu B’Shvat takes its name from the date of its observance on the Hebrew calendar—the 15th day of the month of Sh’vat, which falls in January or February. Tu B’Shvat is also known as the New Year for Trees, which is how it is described in the Mishna (Rosh Hashana 1.1) because it is the date from which the age of trees was counted, determining when fruit tithes were owed in the days of the Temple. This date was selected because trees flowered after it. In Israel, where the winters are relatively mild, the date also marks the beginning of the tree-planting season. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/tu-bshvat

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:15pm

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