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  1. Bronstein teaching call - Hasidic lens on Parashat Bo

    Today I want to share with you some of what I think are the most astounding, and provocative, and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists, as Jews in general today. But they come from a place that you might never think to look: the 18th-century and 19th-century Hasidic commentaries on the Torah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/hasidic-lens-parashat-bo

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 5:11pm

  2. The Reconstructionist Revolution (PEARL call, Jane Litman)

    In this hour-long conference call, Rabbi Jane Litman presents an overview of the revolutionary ideas that underlie the first century of Reconstructionist Judaism.

    Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-revolution-foundational-ideas

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 6:51pm

  3. Raising Future Decision Makers - SCR community learning

    Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert in the field of moral education and has written extensively on that topic. In this recording of a community teaching call, he discusses raising ethical children of character and share ten keys to leading your children to ethical choices in everyday life:

     

    CHILDREN OF CHARACTER:  Leading Your Children to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/raising-future-decision-makers-ten-keys-ethical-choices-everyday-life

    Posted on: 2016/07/01 - 12:25pm

  4. Nancy F-K Tazria Metzora Dvar Torah

    Last week there appeared in my mailbox at RRC, a book that I had never heard of by someone who was also unknown to me. The book is called The Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology. The author, Mitchell Silver, is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, and a devout secular Jew. His book was occasioned by a growing realization that all of his good philosophical arguments against religion were really arguments against traditional theism, the “old God” as he calls Him. And I use the word “Him” advisedly here.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/why-do-we-pray-dvar-torah-tazriametzora

    Posted on: 2016/08/22 - 2:31am

  5. From Tzedakah to Restorative Finance: A Curriculum

    This Reconstructionist curriculum on wealth inequality was written for the movement’s Tikkun Olam commission in the winter of 5777 (2016-2017). It is structured as four 90-minute learning sessions, and contains guidance for adapting its content to different formats and audiences. 

    The curriculum can also be downloaded in Word format for ease of editing and reformatting:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/tzedakah-restorative-finance-curriculum

    Posted on: 2017/01/25 - 6:21pm

  6. Movement resolution on the environment

    This resolution on the environment was adopted by the Reconstructionist movement in the 1980s. It is attached as a PDF. The full text follows.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/movement-resolution-environment

    Posted on: 2017/01/25 - 2:48pm

  7. Teshuvah Study Sheet - Recon approach - Toba Spitzer

    A study sheet on the evolving concept of teshuvah over the ages. Rabbi Toba Spitzer notes that in preparing this sheet, she purposefully refrained (most of the time) from translating the word “teshuvah” because of the very different approaches of each text. After reading these, what is your definition?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-reconstructionist-perspective

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:24pm

  8. Yigdal Reconstructionist Text Study

    Yigdal, one of the most beloved of the medieval piyyutim (liturgical poems), appears as an opening hymn in the daily morning service. Yigdal summarizes the thirteen principles of the Jewish faith as formulated by Moses Maimonides (RaMBaM; late 12th century C.E.) in his Mishnah commentary on Sanhedrin 10:1.
     
    Reconstructionists often proudly assert that when we pray with a Reconstructionist siddur, we feel that we can 'say what we mean and mean what we say,' because our liturgical language reflects Reconstructionist theology.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/yigdal-reconstructionist-examination

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 2:00pm

  9. Inclusion and Disabilities: Hebrew and English Texts

    For Jewish Disabilities Awareness month in February of 2014, Rabbi Michelle Greenfield, RRC ’12 examined the Torah readings found that month with an eye toward issues of inclusion and disability. She also included  “Some Biblical and Rabbinic Sources on Disability: An Honest Look,” in which she examines the use and misuse of Hebrew texts that are often quoted when talking about inclusion of people with different abilities. Her English commentary provides a deeper understanding of these texts' strengths and limitations.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/inclusion-and-disabilities-hebrew-and-english-texts

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 4:03pm

  10. Vayigash Study Sheet

    A study sheet on Parashat Vayigash on the reconciliations/re-encounters between Joseph and his brothers, and between Joseph and Jacob.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/complexities-reconciliation-joseph-his-brothers

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:35pm

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