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  1. Plenum

    What Is the Plenum?

    The plenum of the Reconstructionist movement is a group of representatives from each affiliated congregation and havurah who discuss and share the issues of the day, both internal movement discussions and thoughts on the movement’s relationship to the world. In order to foster that kind of discussion, the goal is to create a stable group, where representatives stay engaged with the plenum for a couple of years or more.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/plenum-purpose-and-membership

    Posted on: 2016/12/07 - 2:47pm

  2. Recon - Most misunderstood movement (Steven Carr Reuben)

    For those who are curious, here are five simple keys to understanding the philosophy and beliefs of Reconstructionist Judaism. All five are easily remembered by simply keeping in mind the unique definition of Judaism first expressed by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan in his groundbreaking book, Judaism as a Civilization, published in 1934.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionism-explained

    Posted on: 2016/12/09 - 9:43am

  3. Kaplan and the Meaning of Ritual

    Even for those of us who are skeptical about God's role in human history, Jewish ritual can be sacred and holy. I was in Israel not long ago on a UJA Young Leadership Mission. During a morning meeting with our Israeli peers, we turned to the subject of Jewish ritual.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/kaplan-and-meaning-ritual-reconciling-mind-and-heart

    Posted on: 2017/01/04 - 4:20pm

  4. Haggadat Ha'atzmaut

    Why a New Seder and Haggadah for Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut)?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/haggadat-haatzmaut

    Posted on: 2017/01/23 - 1:53pm

  5. Shavuot: The Harvest Festival of Torah

    A good case can be made for Shavuot being the most important of all the Jewish festivals. The revival of its observance is of particular concern to Reconstructionist Jews because our understanding of the nature and task of the Jewish people in the world and of what God should mean to us cannot be separated from our reinterpretation of the meaning of Torah. Shavuot is the festival of the giving and the receiving of Torah — of Torah as revelation, as law and as study. The word “Torah” means teaching, guidance, instruction, orientation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/shavuot-harvest-festival-torah

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 2:33pm

  6. Ruth, the First Convert (DT Shavuot)

    We soon celebrate Shavuot, called in our tradition “zman matan Torataynu,” the season of the giving of our Torah. It is a pleasant coincidence that the Torah reading for the Shabbat immediately preceding Shavuot is usually ”BaMidbar” (“In the wilderness”). Rabbinic tradition asserts that the Torah was given in the wilderness to demonstrate that it was not the property of a landed tribe but rather was available to anyone who chose to claim it as theirs.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/ruth-first-convert-model-welcome

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 2:42pm

  7. The Hebrew Word For Patience

    “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” the Peter Finch character screams in the movie Network, one of the more memorable moments in cinematic history. In contemporary U.S. culture, it often seems as if speaking your mind, no matter how hurtful, and no matter what the consequences, is considered a virtue. That’s a problem!

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/hebrew-word-patience

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:22pm

  8. Pregnant in Israel

    The belly of a pregnant woman is public property. Traditional Jewish law divides domains into public (reshut harabim) and private (reshut hayahid), much like American law. While there is probably no case establishing this in the She’elot U’tshuvot (body of law known as the Responsa Literature containing questions asked of authoritative rabbis), the general public in Israel has indeed ruled that my belly, like the bellies of all pregnant women, belongs to the reshut harabim.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/pregnant-israel

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 3:37pm

  9. A Discussion About Teaching Hanukkah: Miracle or Not?

    Discussion from November 2004


    Toni Bloomberg Grossman, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

    Hi everyone,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/discussion-about-teaching-hanukkah-miracle-or-not

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:31pm

  10. Next Year In Jerusalem

    Different Meanings

    Each year, around seder tables throughout the world, Jews and our guests end the haggadah with the phrase, “L'shanah haba'ah biyerushalayim — Next Year in Jerusalem.” Like the four children who appear earlier in the haggadah text as paradigms for the ways Jews approach the historical narrative, those who say or hear “Next Year in Jerusalem” do so with many different degrees of self-knowledge or awareness in relationship to the phrase.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/next-year-jerusalem-0

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:39pm

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