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  1. Jewish Time Landing

    The Jewish Week: Shabbat

    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/act/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:37am

  2. Life Cycle Landing

    Jewish rituals embody our ancestors’ understanding about God, the world, human relationships and the meaning of life, and they connect participants to the Jewish people and its story. These rituals exist because they were successful at helping our forebears to successfully navigate their liminal moments. In our time, people turn to Jewish ritual, in part, because they want to be connected to the Jewish people and to Jewish history. There is meaning for us in being part of that chain of tradition (shalshelet hakabala).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/life-cycle

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:38am

  3. Doing Justice Landing

    One of the most oft-quoted verses in the Bible proclaims, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof - Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20) The rabbis taught that this is an example of imitatio Dei, of imitating God’s behavior, because God is just. The rabbis portray God as balancing din, strict, retributive justice, with raḥamim, mercy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/doing-justice

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:46am

  4. Inclusion Landing

    We welcome all into our communities regardless of ability, age, race, sexual orientation, family status or level of knowledge. Because we see ourselves as embodying a spark of the divine (b’tzelem Elohim, cf. Genesis 1:26), we understand that every person has infinite worth; therefore, no human being should be treated merely as an object, and we should always attempt to see the humanity in those we encounter.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/inclusion

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:47am

  5. G'milut Hesed Landing

    G’milut Hesed, acts of kindess, involves loyalty, dependability and caring for others in need. It arises not merely from friendship or personal feeling, but from a sense of obligation. Jewish communities have long made it the business of every member to visit the sick, care for elders, comfort mourners, welcome guests, and celebrate the formation of new families and the welcoming of children.  Actions like these are the glue that holds a covenantal community together. They are the cause, not the result, of closer connections between people.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/doing-justice/gmilut-hesed

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:49am

  6. Tikkun Olam Landing

    Tikkun olam (social activism, or literally “world repair”) is an attempt to repair a breach in the just functioning of the world. Tikkun olam is a central wellspring of spirituality and meaning for many contemporary Jews.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/doing-justice/tikkun-olam

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:50am

  7. Tzedakah Landing

    The word tzedakah, often translated as “charity,” comes from the Hebrew root tzedek, meaning “justice.” Its current usage was developed by the early rabbis, who recognized that the distribution of resources that results from a free-market economy must be adjusted by other means to ensure a fair society. Tzedakah is an expression of justice rather than mercy; its purpose is to create a fairer distribution of resources.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/act/doing-justice/tzedakah

    Posted on: 2016/09/09 - 10:51am

  8. Light and Darkness Waxman High Holiday video 2016

    In this video, Rabbi Deborah Waxman offers a High Holiday message of hope in spite of the problems confronting the world and the personal travails we all face.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/light-and-darkness

    Posted on: 2016/09/21 - 3:36pm

  9. TEST Component Showcase

    This page is designed to showcase the various components available to page builders on Jewishrecon.org. This is the body field, which can have fairly complex formatting and embedded media. But wait, there’s more. 

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/component-showcase

    Posted on: 2016/09/28 - 1:04pm

  10. Affiliate Resources landing

    This page is home for material of use to Reconstructionist affiliates and their leadership.

    Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis. Let us know what you’d like to see!

    For coronavirus-specific resources, see here: Pandemic Resources

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/connect/resources-affiliates

    Posted on: 2016/10/07 - 1:32pm

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