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  1. Embracing the Stranger - Justice and Wider World

    Embracing the stranger is not just an individual journey—it’s a communal calling. We are commanded as Jews to “Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19) In the face of fear, hostility, or simple disregard toward those who are different, our challenge is to lift up our common humanity, and our inherent dignity and worth as beings b’tzelem Elohim, reflecting the divine image.

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/wider-world

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:46pm

  2. Embracing the Stranger - Interpersonal

    At times, we have the opportunity and challenge of embracing strangers when we meet them face-to-face. These encounters can be deeply unsettling at first. But as barriers of difference fall, they can be deeply meaningful, even transformational. 

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/stranger-before-us

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:05pm

  3. "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

  4. 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

  5. Mussar and Text Sources on Climate Change

    This document contains two study guides which use Jewish texts and sources to offer wisdom on global climate change.

    “Mussar as a Jewish Resource on Climate Change and All Else” draws on Ira Stone’s book A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar  (NY: Aviv Press, 2006).

    “Jewish Texts as Resources on Global Climate Change” is a compilation of excerpts prepared by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb in 2003.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/mussar-and-text-sources-climate-change

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 12:30pm

  6. "Where Was God?" - Lesson Plan On Natural Disasters and Parashat Noah

    During disasters and their aftermaths, many people wonder about God’s role in their suffering. This lesson seeks to explore God’s role in tragedy from a Jewish Reconstructionist perspective. This lesson is intended for children ages 8-12.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/where-was-god-lesson-plan-natural-disasters-and-parashat-noah

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 1:51pm

  7. Ruth and Lovingkindess Teaching Session Gedzelman

    As we look forward to reading the Book of Ruth on the holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi David Gedzelman explores the text with an eye towards literary elements which speak of how the Hebrew Bible pushes forward structures of covenantal openness, societal protection and compassion towards the other built on and transcending the requirements of the Law. 

    The handout for the study session is available here:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/book-ruth-torah-lovingkindness-face-death

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 2:05pm

  8. Recon Radio (Heart Mind and Spirit) on Shavuot

    This archival episode of Heart, Mind, and Spirit discusses the holiday of Shavuot. The discussion with Rabbis Linda Potemkin and Shai Gluskin was hosted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

    Note: We apologize that this program is currently inaccessible to those with hearing impairment. We hope to provide transcripts at a future date of audio materials from our back catalog.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/shavuot-audio-program

    Posted on: 2017/05/24 - 12:29pm

  9. Elsie Stern Shavuot 2012 Audio Teaching

    Note: the following is a verbatim transcript for accessibility to the hearing-impaired. It has not been edited for general publication.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/here-there-and-everywhere%E2%80%94three-views-revelation-shavuot

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 3:02am

  10. Coveting text study

    Twice in the Torah (In Parashat Yitro and Parashat Va’etchanan), we are commanded not to “covet.” What does that mean? This study sheet explores sources on coveting to find out. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-coveting

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:39pm

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