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Reconstructionist Judaism

Can We See All Earth as the Sacred Temple of Today?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How can we draw on the ancient wisdom of Biblical Israel as an indigenous people in sacred relationship with the Earth? How can we use this storehouse of wisdom toward helping heal all Humanity and Mother Earth today, from a crucial planetary crisis threatening the very life and health of all of us?

These Religions Were Born In The U.S.A.

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion

As we celebrate the 238th birthday of America this July 4, we look back on the religious movements that began right here in the U.S. of A. Here's ...

Preparing for Sinai: Uniting Earth and Heaven, Words and Wheat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Experimenting Toward Sabbatical/Shmitah in America

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can we turn our eco-wisdom Away from climate doom, Into a joyful future? Often the climate crisis is described only as approaching doom. As the offic...

Innermost Secret of Passover Seder: Charoset

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

There it sits on the Seder plate: charoset, a delicious paste of chopped nuts, chopped fruits, spices, and wine. So the question would seem obvious: Why is there charoset on the Seder plate? That's the most secret Question at the Seder.

Keeping Time, Seeking Meaning: Celebrating According to the Calendar

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

For an increasing number of Americans, even these holidays have eroded into family gatherings that no longer connect strongly to the spiritual meaning that they have in the religious cultures in which they developed.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

The 'Quiet Transformation' Of An Important Jewish Holiday

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom Kippur — the Jewish Day of Atonement. But Tisha B’Av? Translated as the...

Reconstructing Redemption

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Jewish ritual is meant to be experiential -- something that simultaneously catapults us backwards in time and propels us forward in anticipation of the future. When we sit at the seder we are attempting to connect with the Power that makes for freedom, identify that force within ourselves and the Universe to bring about redemption.

Did Israel Choose War Instead Of Long-Term Truce With Gaza?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The article says that although they knew about the discussions, the Israeli government "nevertheless" approved the assassination. The question I think we need to ask is whether the Israeli government ordered the assassination not "nevertheless" but "therefore."

Conserve Or Transform: Religion’s Dilemma

David M. Gordis | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
David M. Gordis

We need to nurture our ability to hear as well as to speak, to learn as well as to teach, and to do our best to enhance the quality of life for all people. This requires a radical transformation in our understanding of the meaning of religious truth.

Patrilineal Jews Still Find Resistance

The Forward | Naomi Zeveloff | Posted 04.04.2012 | Religion

By Naomi Zeveloff The Jewish Daily Forward Rachel Brook, a 29-year-old vocalist living in Brooklyn, was born to a Jewish Israeli father and a non-...

Judaism Without God? Yes, Say American Atheists

Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston Religion News Service BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) For an atheist, Maxim Schrogin talks about God a lot. Over lunch at a Jewish d...

Reconstructing A Fractured Zionism

Joseph Siev | Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion
Joseph Siev

I do not count myself among those who see liberal Judaism as doomed. But if its branches are to thrive, their leaders will need to show more willingness to grapple with the arguments of critics.

Jewish Heresies, Then and Now

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

The current "heresy" involves questioning whether two states are still possible. Some Jews who care deeply about being Jewish no longer define themselves as Zionist.

(Mis)understanding Reconstructionist Judaism

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

When I became a leader of the Reconstructionist movement in 1980, lay leaders lamented that it was the best-kept secret in the Jewish community. It is still largely misunderstood by most American Jews.

Why I Pray

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

I'm needful. Not of a winning football team. Not of a parking space at the mall. Not, in fact, for any special favors no matter how serious. But of light -- what the Quakers perhaps best call the "inner light" that comes from God.

Jewish Unity And The State Of Israel

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz

Instead of depending solely on Israel to be the unifying factor for Jews worldwide, we must find additional and tangible ways to live our connections to Judaism and to other Jews, wherever we find ourselves.

Are Synagogues Still Relevant?

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

In many Jewish gatherings of professionals and lay leaders, fingers are being pointed at the synagogue as an increasingly irrelevant institution.

Why Madison Rabbis Oppose Wisconsin Governor's Budget Repair Bill

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

Jewish tradition, beginning with the Hebrew Bible, mandates that employers treat their workers fairly: "You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer."