Ways Into Torah: Multiple Spiritual Intelligences
On the brink of Shavuot, Rabbi Vivie Mayer shares insights into the concept of multiple intelligences as it applies to receiving Torah.
The Book of Ruth: A Torah of Lovingkindness in the Face of Death
Rabbi David Gedzelman explores the Book of Ruth with an eye toward structures of covenantal openness, societal protection and compassion towards the other.
Ruth, The First Convert: A Model of Welcome
The story of Ruth, read on Shavuot, provides a powerful model for welcoming newcomers to the Jewish people.
Shavuot: The Harvest Festival of Torah
Reconstructionist Jews believe that the Jewish people created the Torah and the Torah, in turn, has created and recreated the Jewish people throughout history. Shavuot, the festival of giving and receiving the Torah, should be central to our communal life.
A study sheet on the two sets of tablets in the Sinai/Golden Calf story.
On Torah & Wilderness
Study sheet on the significance of having received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, in the wilderness.
How are we to understand the traditional claim that the Torah is divinely revealed? And what exactly is the Torah that was revealed? Rabbi Jacob Staub examines Reconstructionist theology through the lens of the holiday of Shavuot. This article is excerpted from the Guide to Jewish Practice.
Here, There and Everywhere — Three Views of Revelation for Shavuot
When we speak of the “revelation” of Torah, what do we mean? Elsie Stern shared three perspectives from traditional Jewish texts, viewed with a Reconstructionist eye.