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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.

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June 18-19

 

Read: Blessing for Pride

As LGBTQ Pride Month continues, we offer this blessing composed by Rabbis Erica Steelman and Joshua Zlochower, and Dr. Gloria Becker. Sourced from Ritualwell

Crowd of people waving rainbow flags at a Pride parade

 

Read: Kaddish for Black Lives

In observance of Juneteenth, we remember, in the words of the Jewish Multiracial Network, that “Black lives are sacred, inherently valuable and irreplaceable.” Sourced from Ritualwell

Close-up of a hand lighting a series of memorial candles

 

Watch: Israeli Chocolate Truffles

Making Israeli chocolate truffles with rainbow sprinkles is a great family activity to celebrate Pride Month or any time of the year. Adva Chattler and her special assistant, Ayala, shows you how. Sourced from Southern Jewish Kitchens

Israeli Chocolate Truffles

 

Listen: Limnot Yamaynu (Psalm 90)

Psalm 90, recited every Shabbat morning, is particularly poignant at times when we meditate on the meaning of life and death. This version, composed by Rabbi Margot Stein and performed by Miraj, focuses on the blessings that we have received and how wisdom can help us count them. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

Limnot Yamaynu by Margot Stein

 

Read: On Being a Paradox Jew

Commenting on the laws of the Red Heifer, Rabbi Michael Cohen argues that “we should not aspire to be Orthodox Jews, or for that matter, Reform or Conservative or even Reconstructionist Jews, but rather, to be Paradox Jews. To be a Jew (or any religious person for that matter) is to understand that we cannot explain everything.” Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

Broken stone tablets for the Ten Commandments

 

Watch: Radical Inclusion

Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D. joins Aurora Levins Morales and Audrey Sasson in a conversation on radical inclusion. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Watch: Radical Inclusion

 

 


June 11-12

 

Read: Birkat Hodesh Ga’avah: A Blessing for Pride Month

Invoking our queer ancestors, Rabbi Lily Solochek prays that this Pride Month be one of liberation and joy for us all. Sourced from Ritualwell

 

clouds of colored smoke in a rainbow spectrum

 

Listen: ‘Gesher Tzar Me’od’

Joanie Calem sings her original composition based on a Hasidic saying that the world is a narrow bridge, but we need not fear. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

Gesher Tzar Me’od by Joanie Calem

 

Read: Prayer for the 17-Year Cicadas

The cycles of nature are linked with the cycles of the news and the cycle of life in Jodi S. Rosenfeld’s evocative poem. Sourced from Ritualwell

cicada clinging upside-down to a wooden railing

 

Read: Who Has the Authority to Change Judaism?

According to Rabbi Richard Hirsh, “notwithstanding our differences, the story of Korach teaches us that for our discussions to be productive, we must strive for them to be ‘for the sake of Heaven.’” Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

woman and man discussing a passage from a book

 

Watch: Mitzvat Ahavat Erev Rav — Loving the Complexity of Our Identities

Rabbi Shelly Goldman discusses the essay by Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman in which she explores the complexity of holding Jewish identity in relationship to other identities. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Mitzvah Erev Rav discussion

 

 


June 4-5

 

Read: Permission to Shine: An Affirmation to Be Who You Want to Be (For Pride Month)

To kick off LGBTQ Pride month, we offer Devon Spier’s poem-prayer as an affirmation appropriate for everyone. Sourced from Ritualwell

Person in silhouette holding up a sunlit rainbow Pride flag walking down a street

 

Read: Blessing for Taking Off Masks

As our world begins to open up again, Jake Marmer marks the time in the hope “that the act of taking off the mask occurs in the safest manner possible.” Sourced from Ritualwell

person leaning out a window into a tree-line space, removing paper surgical mask from their face

 

Listen: Beauty

During a time when so much feels shifting and at risk, it has felt really important and grounding to me to be able to take in the beauty of the world that surrounds us. (Will Robertson, © 2011) Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

Beauty (Will Robertson)

 

Read: Putting Aside Fear for Courage

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, in his d’var Torah on parashat Shelakh Lekha, prays that we may “be like Joshua and Caleb, and have faith in our own abilities to make a difference in the world each and every day, particularly when we join our passions and heart and commitments to one another.” Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

backpacker with bedroll on back walking into desert

 

Listen: America’s First Bat Mitzvah

The first American bat mitzvah took place on March 18, 1922. As its 100th anniversary nears, Rabbi Carole Balin, Melissa R. Klapper and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. consider the history of the bat mitzvah and its evolution over time. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
 

 


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