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  1. Toldot text study on re-digging wells

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer assembles textual sources on the redigging of ancestral wells in Parashat Toldot. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/digging-parashat-toldot

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:44pm

  2. Maoz Tzur from original Recon siddur

    This revision of a familiar Hanukkah song was published in the 1945 Reconstructionist siddur. The original text was amended to address ethical concerns raised by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan - specifically, the first verse is changed so that instead of anticipating God “preparing the slaughter of the blaspheming foe,” we look forward to the end of slaughter and the stilling of the sound of battle. See attached for the Hebrew and (non-literal, but poetic) translation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/revised-maoz-tzur-early-reconstructionist-siddur

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:54pm

  3. Teshuva Parables - Kafka and BeSHT

    This study sheet contains two parables of the King and the returning son by the Baal Shem Tov, as well one of Kafka's parables, “The Imperial Messenger,” which has some intriguing echoes of and stark contrasts with the first two stories.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kings-messages-journeys-parables-teshuvah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:06pm

  4. Teshuvah and Compassion study sheet

    This study sheet on teshuvah and compassion draws our attention to the interplay between our ability to forgive others, and God's ability to forgive us. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-and-compassion

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:15pm

  5. Making Pesakh Personal study sheet

    This study sheet provides a variety of sources on the spiritual practices surrounding Passover (Pesakh).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/making-pesakh-personal

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:33pm

  6. 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

  7. Text study on gate for Ne'ilah - Gates Locked and Unlocked

    This text study examines the vivid image of gates closing at the end of Yom Kippur.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/gates-locked-and-unlocked-yom-kippur-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:45pm

  8. Ki Tavo text study - the practice of joy

    What does it mean to be commanded to be joyful? Rabbi Toba Spitzer unpacks this imperative from Parashat Ki Tavo.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/ki-tavo-and-practice-joy

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:47pm

  9. 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

  10. On Torah & Wilderness - shavuot study sheet

    Study sheet on the significance of having received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, in the wilderness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/torah-wilderness

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:53pm

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