Learn | Reconstructing Judaism

Learn

What is Reconstructionist Judaism? How do Reconstructionist Jews approach questions of ethics and decision making? How do Reconstructionists understand religious experience and spirituality? What does Reconstructionist Torah study look like? Explore the Learn section of our site to delve into these questions and many more.

 

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Weekly Learning: Torah and Beyond

Every week, we post learning material on the week's Torah portion. We also feature new video and audio resources and more. 

Two hands pointing at Torah
Two hands pointing at Torah
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Reconstructionist Learning Networks

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Reconstructionism

Reconstructionism sees Judaism as the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people in its ongoing relationship with God. Seeing innovation and adaptation as deeply traditional, we cultivate and support Jewish living, learning, and leadership for a changing world.

Hands of worshipper holding Reconstructionist prayerbook
Hands of worshipper holding Reconstructionist prayerbook
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Ethics and Values

Jewish tradition is imbued with values that bear on every important decision we face. The Reconstructionist movement has developed an approach to Jewish values-based decision-making for those Jews who do not see themselves as bound by halakha (traditional Jewish law), but want to live lives of integrity and spiritual meaning. 

Spirituality

In the best of all possible worlds, spirituality and religion are partners. The soul’s most profound experiences with a presence greater than the self are given form and articulation through liturgy, ritual and moral law. Religious forms, in turn, remain constantly open to the renewal of sacred moments. If spirituality at its best lifts us up, religion at its best keeps us rooted. —Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Fringes of tallit (not corners)
Fringes of tallit (not corners)

Dialogues

Dialogues are an occasional feature bringing together many voices to address a common theme from a Reconstructionist perspective.