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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

     


    Smashing the Imperialist Napkinholder


    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. Bemidbar Text Study - Wilderness - Toba Spitzer

    This study sheet on parshat Bemidbar, prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer, explores commentaries on why Torah was given in the wilderness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/bemidbar-text-study-why-was-torah-given-wilderness

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 1:42pm

  7. Text study for Haazini/Shabbat Shuvah - Death of Moses

    For Haazinu/Shabbat Shuvah, an amalgam of midrashim on the death of Moshe, ending in a beautiful exchange of forgiveness between him and the Israelites. Prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/midrashim-death-moses

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:03pm

  8. Toldot text study on re-digging wells

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer assembles textual sources on the redigging of ancestral wells in Parashat Toldot. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/digging-parashat-toldot

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:44pm

  9. Teshuva Parables - Kafka and BeSHT

    This study sheet contains two parables of the King and the returning son by the Baal Shem Tov, as well one of Kafka's parables, “The Imperial Messenger,” which has some intriguing echoes of and stark contrasts with the first two stories.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kings-messages-journeys-parables-teshuvah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:06pm

  10. Teshuvah and Compassion study sheet

    This study sheet on teshuvah and compassion draws our attention to the interplay between our ability to forgive others, and God's ability to forgive us. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-and-compassion

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:15pm

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