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Belonging

The idea of Jewish peoplehood is central to Reconstructionism. Jews share binding ties that cut across differing practice, beliefs, and national boundaries, binding us together through a common history and shared destiny. At the same time, Reconstructionists reject the traditional notion of Jews as the Chosen People: we take pride in our distinctiveness and sense of vocation at the same time as we affirm the dignity and potential sanctity of all faiths and peoples. 

 

    Jewish Peoplehood

    What does "Jewish Peoplehood" mean, and how has the notion changed over time? These resources explore a range of perspectives on the centrality of Jewish peoplehood in Reconstructionist Judaism.

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    New Faces of Peoplehood: Two Educational Reflections from the conference “Wrestling with Jewish Peoplehood”

    This resource on Jewish peoplehood provides tools for Jewish educators, including early childhood educators, to reflect and teach on issues of Jewish identity and peoplehood.

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    For The Sake Of The World

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer grapples wtih the traditional notion of Jewish chosenness, arguing that our Torah is integral to the maintenance and perfection of this world—even as we acknowledge that other people’s teachings, other people’s truths, are also a path to redemption. It matters that  Judaism survives—not just for our own sake, but because it’s good for the world, and because we have unique work to do.

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    "Peoplehood" Reconsidered

    Reconstructionism has long held the notion of Jewish Peoplehood as a central organizing principle. But does it mean the same thing that it used to? How can “Peoplehood” itself be reconstructed to remain relevant today? 

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    Jewish Peoplehood: Philosophies of Jewish Engagement in the 21st Century

    What is Jewish peoplehood, and how is it relevant today? Rabbi James Greene assembled this collection of texts to explore these questions.

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    Reconstructing Yiddishkeit

    Weiner ponders the “authenticity” of past generations and looks to Reconstructionist community as the place where the various strains of Judaism’s past can come together.

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    Judaism as a Generation: Kaplan, Levi-Strauss, and Why I Believe in the Jewish Future

    Glanzberg-Krainin explores how Reconstructionist Judaism draws on diverse traditions to create a relevant contemporary Judaism.

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    Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness

    Waxman asks if it is “possible to believe that all people are created equal and to believe that Judaism is superior to other religions.”

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    Next Year in Jerusalem?

    A resource for exploring values and commitments around Israel, seen through the lens of the phrase “Next year in Jerusalem” at the close of the Passover seder

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