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  1. Judaism as a Generation

    Readers of Mordecai Kaplan, and those familiar with Reconstructionist thinking, will recognize the playfulness of this essay’s title. Kaplan’s pioneering work, Judaism as a Civilization, challenged American Jews to think creatively and courageously about Jewish life; he wrote about a people bound together not just by shared ritual observance, but by music, art, intellectual engagement, and a joyful sense of purpose. Kaplan’s central argument was that Jewish civilization has never been static, but has always been dynamic.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/judaism-generation-kaplan-levi-strauss-and-why-i-believe-jewish-future

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 12:26pm

  2. Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness

    In what sense and to what extent do Jews still believe ourselves to be “chosen”?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/rejecting-chosenness-favor-distinctiveness

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:48am

  3. A Zionism Worth Reconstructing

    The attachment of younger North American Jews to Israel is not what it used to be.

    As recently as 30 years ago, the State of Israel was central to Jewish identity in North America. After the Holocaust, Jews took pride in Israelis’ self-defense. Israel was viewed as a shining example of the dogged commitment to democracy and human rights in the face of the unremitting hostility of its neighbors. It held the promise of Jewish revival in a new, modern idiom. Visits to the Land had the emotional intensity of pilgrimages, of returning home after two millennia.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/zionism-worth-reconstructing

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:37am

  4. How to Build Just and Holy Congregations

    Although to every individual the achievement of personal salvation is his supreme quest and responsibility, it is unattainable without devotion to the task of social salvation.–Mordecai M. Kaplan, The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-build-just-and-holy-congregations

    Posted on: 2016/05/12 - 1:34pm

  5. Shavuot Theology

    This article is excerpted from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 1. The full Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/shavuot-theology

    Posted on: 2016/11/15 - 4:42pm

  6. Peoplehood Reconsidered

    “PeoplehoodReconsidered 

    [Originally delivered at the 41st JRF Convention, Plenary Session, November 9, 2006]

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/peoplehood-reconsidered

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 9:06am

  7. 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

  8. Who Can Remember? Hanukkah Story

    (NOTE: Sandy Brusin explains her motivation for writing this most beautiful story in the following way: “I wrote the story because I don’t like any of the children’s stories about Hanukah I’ve seen. They fall into one of two categories: schmaltz or baloney. The schmaltz stories usually have Iatkes sizzling in a pan—with mommy, of course, doing all the sizzling; and the baloney stories make a big deal out of the oil burning for eight days. I wanted to present the wonder of the story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-can-remember-hanukkah-story

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 12:46pm

  9. VBDM Basics

    This article is excerpted from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 1. The full Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/values-based-decision-making

    Posted on: 2016/11/15 - 1:45pm

  10. 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

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