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  1. Recon Torah January 2016

    In the New York Times Sunday Styles section a few weeks ago (of all places, and yes, I read it), there was an article about the various trainings that colleges and universities are now providing to educate students about sexual consent. Many of these trainings include scenarios and analogies that are designed to get students thinking about what “real” consent is. The scenarios raise questions like: Does consent have to be verbal? Do the participants need to consent at each step of the way? What counts as coercion?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/intricacies-consent

    Posted on: 2016/01/28 - 12:00am

  2. Recon Torah Oct 2015

    We’ve just finished the High Holidays. For many of us, this was a time to reflect once again upon the themes of remembrance, renewal and the awesome transcendence of the universe. It was also the time when we encountered, once again, the story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac, along with the greatest hits, once again, of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/quiet-themes-come-life

    Posted on: 2015/10/07 - 12:00am

  3. Recon Torah April 2015

    In this season of curiosity, I have been asking non-Jewish friends and acquaintances who are members of Jewish communities and families about their Jewish practice. The answers have been amazing and often surprising. One non-Jewish friend told me that, lately, she has been finding the act of reciting the shema to be particularly powerful.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/my-questions-pesach-season

    Posted on: 2015/04/09 - 12:00am

  4. Recon Torah March 2015

    “…Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground!” (Genesis 4:10)

    What is the cry of John Lewis’s blood, spilled on the Edmond Pettus Bridge 50 years ago? Or, the blood of the many other people killed or beaten in the struggle for civil rights in America?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/his-blood-cries-out-faith-and-love

    Posted on: 2015/03/09 - 12:00am

  5. Yizkor Prayer for Righteous Gentiles

    In the early part of 1939, my father, mother and infant brother were living in Paris, as refugees from the pogroms in Romania. They were illegal immigrants, living modestly with the hope of giving themselves and their son a better future than the one they had. But World War II was approaching, and the citizens of France were in danger of falling prey to the Vichy regime that was collaborating with Germany and Hitler. As Jews and illegal residents, my parents were in an extremely precarious situation. They were poor and had no connections or reasonable way of changing their situation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yizkor-prayer-righteous-gentiles

    Posted on: 2016/09/29 - 12:45pm

  6. Jacob Staub KI Talk on Reconstructionism

    In this talk given at Congregation Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California, Rabbi Jacob Staub explores what makes Reconstructionist communities unique. Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/what-makes-reconstructionist-congregation-different

    Posted on: 2016/10/28 - 1:11am

  7. Cutting Edge Dialogue Opening Tab

    Reconstructionist Judaism originated as a cutting edge call to change and innovation in the Jewish community. Our fundamental commitment to adaptation remains central to our mission. In August 2015, we opened a dialogue on that legacy of engaging with, and sometimes pushing, established boundaries. What opportunities and challenges arise from being on the cutting edge? How has that approach shaped the Reconstructionist and broader Jewish communities, as the 21st century unfolds before us?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/introduction

    Posted on: 2016/11/02 - 6:14pm

  8. Reconstructionism - CORE by Doug Heifetz

    Reconstructionism understands Judaism to be the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. Rearranged slightly, the key words above form the memorable acronym CORE:

    • Civilization
    • Of the Jewish People
    • Religious
    • Evolving

    What do the terms of CORE tell us about the Reconstructionist approach to Jewish life?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/what-reconstructionist-judaism-core-answer

    Posted on: 2016/11/16 - 1:16pm

  9. Peoplehood Study Texts

    What is Jewish peoplehood, and how is it relevant today? Rabbi James Greene assembled this collection of texts to explore these questions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-peoplehood-philosophies-jewish-engagement-21st-century

    Posted on: 2016/11/16 - 3:12pm

  10. God in Metaphor

    For many people, attending High Holydays services is a bit like going to a play where you really don't like the main character—where, much of the time, you doubt the very existence of the main character! If the “main character” in our traditional High Holydays liturgy is God, this can be quite a problem for anyone seeking a meaningful spiritual experience.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-metaphor-guide-perplexed

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:25pm

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