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  1. PJI: A Light Gone Dim

  2. 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

  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. 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

  5. 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

  6. Liturgy and Prayer PEARL session 2010

    When we worship in public we know our life is part of a larger life, a wave of an ocean of being- the first-hand experience of that larger life which is God.”

    Mordecai Kaplan

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/liturgy-and-prayer-leadership-distance-learning-session

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 4:22pm

  7. Getting Back on the Balance Beam

    A recent uncomfortable episode at Camp JRF moved Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, the Reconstructionist camp's executive director, and Rabbi Jacob Lieberman, a member of the rabbinic staff, to recount the experience in a piece for eJewishphilanthropy.com. Read the piece on the  publication's website – and check out the interesting comments - or just scroll down.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/getting-back-balance-beam

    Posted on: 2016/08/17 - 3:04pm

  8. Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

    On a recent evening in Scarsdale, N.Y., I was at the Mid-Westchester JCC, speaking on a panel to a packed and spirited room. We’d been invited to discuss marriage equality and Jewish values, and the tone was certainly celebratory. We acknowledged we have farther to go, but in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last year on gay marriage, we’ve certainly come a long way.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/marriage-equality-and-religious-freedom

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 4:24pm

  9. The First Reconstructionist Birthright Journey

     
    At the very beginning of the first ever Reconstructionist Birthright trip, our tour guide instructed our group to use the word journey when referring to these 10 days in Israel. Though it sounded hokey, I knew that Birthright wanted all of its participants to leave Israel feeling some sort of impact on their personal development. What I didn’t know was that these 10 days truly would become a journey, not only for myself but also for my fellow young Reconstructionist Jews.
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/first-reconstructionist-birthright-journey

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 11:11am

  10. Politics from the Pulpit

    This year our synagogue is raising up the value of Tikkun Olam – our responsibility to take action to repair the world. If we take seriously our responsibility to repair the brokenness of the world, we have to look at problems that are too big for us to resolve on our own. For example, no matter how much we recycle or conserve energy as individuals, global warming requires systemic responses including governing bodies and cultural change.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/politics-pulpit-speaking-publicly-about-repairing-world-together

    Posted on: 2017/01/26 - 9:49pm

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