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  1. Is God to Blame When Bad Things Happen? JJS

    Often enough, I run into people who report that their faith in God was shattered when something terrible happened. If there is a God, they ask, how could He let such things happen?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/god-blame-when-bad-things-happen

    Posted on: 2014/09/01 - 12:00am

  2. Asking for Help - JJS

    It can be extremely difficult to ask for help.

    Contemporary Western secular culture prizes autonomy and self-reliance. From a very early age, we are taught that it is better to be independent than dependent, so that corporations have to train their employees to work cooperatively and interdependently.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/asking-help

    Posted on: 2014/01/29 - 12:00am

  3. Waiting for the Messiah - JJS

    I was in my mid-twenties, delivering an “Introduction to Judaism” talk to a group of fraternity brothers at Lafayette College, when I first heard the question: Jewish people don’t believe the messiah has come? The young man, who identified himself as a member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, lingered long after the program ended to try to understand what that meant. He could not imagine how one could live in such a state.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/waiting-messiah

    Posted on: 2014/01/10 - 12:00am

  4. Jewish Values and Journalistic Ethics - Video and Transcript

    It is a fascinating time in the world of journalism right now; some might say unprecedented. With fake news proliferating and an antagonistic relationship between the White House and the press, the role of the media and factual reporting has never seemed more urgent. Can Jewish values inform the practice of journalism and journalistic ethics? Check out this conversation between Rabbi David A.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/judaism-and-journalistic-ethics-video-transcript

    Posted on: 2017/03/30 - 12:49am

  5. When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?

    “Do you have any resources about how to deal with guests, calls and emails from people who are interested in becoming a member or are curious about our congregation?”

    It’s a smart question.

    In an age when people avoid religious institutions, an email or phone call from a prospective member is an opportunity that synagogues cannot afford to lose. But, too often, congregations drop the ball.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/when-call-comes-will-your-congregation-be-ready

    Posted on: 2017/04/19 - 10:23am

  6. Toddlers Turn On to Torah

    How can you delight two- and three-year-olds with chanting Torah in ancient melodies called trope? How do you pull them into the storyline, and get them to call out questions and jump out of their seats at the end of each section to shout Hazak! Hazak! Venithazek! (Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened), as if it were a chorus from the latest Disney blockbuster? Rabbi Marisa Elana James did just that as a rabbinical student during her year as director of programming at a congregation in New York City.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/toddlers-turn-torah

    Posted on: 2000/01/01 - 12:00am

  7. Preparing for a Child

    In the year 741 B.C.E., a prince, Hezekiah, was born to the royal family of Judah. The Prophet Isaiah was excited and inspired. Those were bleak times. King Ahaz, Hezekiah’s father, was paying tribute to the Assyrian emperor in order to avoid invasion and destruction. He was fighting with the northern kingdom of Israel and with Syria. Listen to Isaiah:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/preparing-child

    Posted on: 2014/02/01 - 12:00am

  8. Finding Grace in Parenthood

    Jonah Itai Staub, our grandson, emerged on Friday at 6:45 a.m. At 6:52, we received the text from our son Andrew: “Baby is here! Everyone is healthy.” This coming Friday, little Jonah will be circumcised into the covenant of Abraham.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/finding-grace-parenthood

    Posted on: 2014/03/01 - 12:00am

  9. Holding Ourselves Accountable

    Can virtuous behavior be taught?

    I have had my doubts. Of course, parents do their best to instill their values in their children. In retrospect, however, it seems to me as if I learned from the way my parents lived their lives rather than from any values that they tried to teach me. I would say the same thing about how my own children have turned out. If they are honest or kind, it is not because their parents or religious school teachers told them that honesty or kindness are good, but rather because there were people in their lives who have modeled honesty or kindness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/holding-ourselves-accountable

    Posted on: 2014/03/15 - 12:00am

  10. Recon Today-Jennifer Janes

    Jennifer Janes may live in the same city she had as a teen, but she’s traveled a long road to find her spiritual home in Reconstructionist Judaism and Congregation Beth Am in San Antonio, Texas.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/finding-reconstructionist-judaism-lone-star-state

    Posted on: 2017/05/03 - 11:18am

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