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  1. Letter to Tennessee Legislation on Child Welfare

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were signatories to a letter objecting to the Tennessee legislature’s proposed legislation that would allow federally funded foster care and adoption agencies to use religious freedom to justify taxpayer-funded religious discrimination.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-tennessee-legislation-child-welfare

    Posted on: 2019/04/29 - 2:53pm

  2. Letter Opposing Repeal of Johnson Amendment (April 2019)

    (Updated in April 2019 to reflect the final version of the letter.)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 131 organizations sending a letter to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committes, urging them not to repeal or weaken the “Johnson Amendment” that currently ensures that tax-exempt organizations do not support or oppose candidates for political office. The text of the letter is included as a PDF above, and reproduced below. (Footnotes are found only in the PDF version)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-opposing-repeal-johnson-amendment-april-2019

    Posted on: 2019/02/06 - 3:38pm

  3. Turning Memory Into Empathy: The Torah's Ethical Charge

    One of the Torah’s central projects is to turn memory into empathy and moral responsibility. Appealing to our experience of defenselessness in Egypt, the Torah seeks to transform us into people who see those who are vulnerable and exposed rather than looking past them.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/turning-memory-empathy-torahs-ethical-charge

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 4:05pm

  4. DT Naso Toba Spitzer

    (Originally published in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible)

    A number of years ago, Pride Weekend in Boston fell on the Shabbat of Parshat Naso. Preparing my d’var Torah for Shabbat morning services that week, I wondered, what might this portion have to teach about GLBT pride?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/impurity-blessing

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:34pm

  5. Honest Weights and Measures DT Eron

    Once, during the holy season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Hasidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, paused in his devotions and looking at his disciples with sad, tear-laden eyes, remarked, “What a funny world it is that we live in these days. There was a time, you know, when Jews would be scrupulously honest in the market place and be the most outrageous liars in the synagogue. These days, however, everything is reversed. The Jews are surprisingly honest in synagogue, but in the streets and market places, I’m ashamed to tell you.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/honest-weights-and-measures

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 1:17pm

  6. Are We There Yet DT Behaalotcha Kligler

     

     שוַיְהִ֤י הָעָם֙ כְּמִתְאֹ֣נְנִ֔ים רַ֖ע בְּאָזְנֵ֣י ה׳

    Va’yehi ha’am k’mit’onenim ra b’oznei YHVH.

    The people took to complaining bitterly before YHVH (Bamidbar 11:1)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/are-we-there-yet

    Posted on: 2017/06/02 - 9:09am

  7. Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Supports Bipartisan Legislation on Burma

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, as members of the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network (JRJN), issued this statement following the introduction of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2019 (S. 1186) in the U.S. Senate:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/jewish-rohingya-justice-network-supports-bipartisan-legislation-burma

    Posted on: 2019/04/18 - 11:11am

  8. Letter in support of the Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among more than 300 organizations to support the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943). The attached letter, sent to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, urges the swift passage of the bill, which uses public funding and private donations to provide teachers with resources and training on lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of bigotry and hate.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-support-never-again-holocaust-education-act

    Posted on: 2019/04/08 - 12:00pm

  9. Letter opposing nomination of Ronald Mortensen

    (An earlier version of this letter was submitted to the Senate in June 2018.)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among nineteen national Jewish organizations signing onto a letter of opposition to the nomination of Ronald Mortensen, an anti-immigrant extremist, as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The full letter is attached in PDF form, and its body text follows:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-opposing-nomination-ronald-mortensen

    Posted on: 2019/03/27 - 12:00am

  10. Statement Opposing Restrictions on Food Aid

    Reconstructing Judaism joined 35 national faith-based groups in a statement opposing attempts to restrict states from providing food aid to the hungry. The letter, drafted by the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, follows:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/statement-opposing-restrictions-food-aid

    Posted on: 2019/03/15 - 3:29pm

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