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Spirituality

Prayer, Meditation, Ritual, and Experiential Judaism

Religion is the container for the life of the spirit. It is the gravity that anchors spirit to earth, translating the vision of the soul into the responsibility of the individual. 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. Religion can test spiritual vision in the crucible of community and history. Spirituality can keep religion from forgetting the experience that formed its story. Religion keeps spirituality from selfishness; it reminds us of our obligations. Spirituality keeps religion from absolutism; it reminds us that the breath of God blows through each and every human soul. 

—Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

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Let's Journey Together

In an essay that appeared in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., makes the case that Reconstructionist Judaism matters now more than ever.

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God in Metaphor: A Guide for the Perplexed

Rabbi Toba Spitzer explores the obstacles to prayer posed by stale language about God, and suggests new language that may ease our way in finding connection.

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How to Pray

How do you pray, anyway? Rabbi Jacob Staub explores this seemingly simple question.

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High Holiday Message from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

At Rosh Hashanah, as we turn to new beginnings, we seek to repent—to do teshuvah—for what we have done wrong. And we can also affirmatively foster ourselves toward resilience—toward a thriving, loving outlook in spite of whatever challenges we encounter in life. In this video, I explore themes of resilience embedded into Jewish practice.

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Human, Why Do You Sleep?

Examination of Rabbi Kelilah Miller’s papercut, “Human, Why Do You Sleep?”

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More About The Book

Information about Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg's book
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Psalm 27

Meditative interpretation of Psalm 27.

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What Are You Asking For? A Meditation on Psalm 27

A guided meditation on Psalm 27

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Yom Kippur at Lincoln Memorial

Kavvanah written for Yom Kippur services at the Lincoln Memorial, 2015. 

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Herring and Havdalah

An essay on travel to Eastern Europe, and the strangeness and familiarity found there.

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The Shofar and the Tears of Our Mothers

Kavvanah for shofar blowing on the High Holidays

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God Loves the Stranger: Introduction

Introductory essay in God Loves the Stranger

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Welcoming Those Who Are Close

Sometimes we need to consciously welcome those who “should” already feel close.

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Hospitality and Spirit

Rabbi Shefa Gold reflects on creating a spiritual community of welcome

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Shofar Kavannah for Refugees

This ritual invokes the blast of the shofar to articulate the plight of refugees. It was created for use at High Holidays in response to the presidential travel ban.

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