Your Virtual Shabbat Box holds many ways to celebrate the day. Choose what nurtures you: listen, watch or read. Looking for Shabbat services? Check out Recon Connect for virtual Shabbat services and other live, online programs throughout the week.
For the end of a distressing week full of social unrest, an ongoing health pandemic and any other challenges we may individually be going through right now, Rabbi Ilanit Zietman offers a special way to begin this Shabbat. Sourced from Ritualwell
Rabbi George Stern teaches that “Black Lives Matter” is an insistent cry that it is far past time for America to acknowledge the sin of racism and to stop acting as if Black lives don’t matter. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
How does the combination of meaning and melody in prayers touch us spiritually? Rabbi Shelly Barnathan unpacks the meaning and melody of several prayers and chants, coupled with timely poetry and spiritual readings. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
The Jewish imperative to protect human life — pikuakh nefesh — overrides almost every other obligation. As we face a desire to return to community activities and a surge in infections, the Center for Jewish Ethics offers thoughts on how we can express the ultimate value of safeguarding life in our individual and communal decisions. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org
Rabbi Alex Weissman teaches that not only does organizing have an impact on the outside world, power relations, and policies. It also shapes our inner lives and offers us the potential to cultivate a deeper spiritual awareness. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
We recite or singPsalm 92 in services every Shabbat. The psalm expresses widely disparate moods and images — delight, satisfaction, despair and hope. Rabbi Dayle Friedman endeavors to see what we might learn about the journey of aging from the Psalmist’s words. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
Hila Ratzabi leads “The Art of Suffering,” a practice inspired by Etty Hillesum, a Dutch Jewish writer, whose Holocaust diaries and letters reveal profound spiritual wisdom that is relevant to our times. Transcript available here. Sourced from Ritualwell