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  1. Judaism as a Generation

    Readers of Mordecai Kaplan, and those familiar with Reconstructionist thinking, will recognize the playfulness of this essay’s title. Kaplan’s pioneering work, Judaism as a Civilization, challenged American Jews to think creatively and courageously about Jewish life; he wrote about a people bound together not just by shared ritual observance, but by music, art, intellectual engagement, and a joyful sense of purpose. Kaplan’s central argument was that Jewish civilization has never been static, but has always been dynamic.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/judaism-generation-kaplan-levi-strauss-and-why-i-believe-jewish-future

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 12:26pm

  2. Building a Personal Relationship with a Nonpersonal God

    They envisioned you in an abundance of metaphors.
    You are one in all of those images.

    –Shir Hakavod (12th-century Germany)1

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/building-personal-relationship-nonpersonal-god

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 12:43pm

  3. Reconstructing Yiddishkeit

    Among recent attempts to define “Jewish authenticity,” I find one characterization of its absence most intriguing. In an essay titled “The Imaginary Jew” that appeared in The Nation three years ago, literary critic William Deresiewicz analyzed the failure of contemporary Jewish fiction to produce hard-nosed explorations of the present, and noted its tendency to rely instead on whimsical exoticism. This, he claimed, could be contextualized as part of a larger social trend.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructing-yiddishkeit

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 1:05pm

  4. Reconstructionist Judaism: A Crash Course

    If you advertise yourself as a Reconstructionist rabbi, people will inevitably corner you with “the” question: “Can you tell me—in a few words—what Reconstructionist Judaism is all about?”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionist-judaism-crash-course

    Posted on: 2016/05/30 - 2:21pm

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    Posted on: 2016/06/14 - 1:24pm

  7. Reconstructionist Torah Blessings

    The traditional blessing before reading from the Torah contains the phrase אֲשֶׁר בָּֽחַר בָּֽנוּ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים (asher bakhar banu mikol ha’amim) — “Praised are you Lord our God, ruler of the Universe, who has chosen us from among all peoples by giving us the Torah.”  The Reconstructionist version of that phrase is rewritten as אֲשֶׁר קֵרְבָנוּ לַעֲבוֹדָתוֹ (asher kervanu la’avodato), “who has drawn us to your service by giving us the Torah.” This change preserves the notion of Torah as our unique and prec

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/reconstructionist-blessing-torah-reading

    Posted on: 2016/06/16 - 5:06pm

  8. Peoplehood Educational Gifts from Kaplan Center

    Rabbi Jeffrey Schein has created a suite of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood, under the auspices of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.

     

    The resources include:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/jewish-peoplehood-educational-resources

    Posted on: 2016/06/28 - 10:41am

  9. Camp JRF Promo Video 2016

    This video was produced for Camp JRF by Perlow Productions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/camp-jrf

    Posted on: 2016/07/22 - 2:07pm

  10. Yamim Nora'im

    This article is excerpted from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2, in a chapter written by Rabbi Yael Ridberg. The full Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yamim-noraim

    Posted on: 2016/08/02 - 2:41pm

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