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.
This week, we offer you a special holiday box for Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees, which takes place from Wednesday night through Thursday, January 27-28. You can find it here.
Protecting life is our most precious mitzvah. As you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Rabbis Barbara Symons and Doris J. Dyen of the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association invite you to say these blessings. Sourced from Ritualwell
Using three selections from a collection called Iturei Torah (“Crowns of Torah”), Rabbi Les Bronstein shares what he thinks are the most astounding, provocative and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists and as Jews. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org
Rabbi Daniel Brenner explores chironomy (the use of hand gestures to direct musical performance), Talmudic gestures, shtetl dance and Hasidic prayer, as well as Jewish teachings about the human hand. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
Since Ta-Nehisi Coates published his influential Atlantic essay “The Case for Reparations” in 2014, a number of thinkers have made explicitly Jewish arguments for (and against) reparations for American slavery. Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein explores this claim, and what he thinks it means for present-day policies and politics. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
Hadar Cohen guides you on a practice to feel connected to the heart space and to center in the heart. Sourced from Reset, providing Jewish activists with accessible spiritual practice and teachings. Learn more here.
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Carmen Amalia Corrales challenges us to become more aware that Jews of Color rightfully belong in and are a part of our communities. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
Using rabbinic material, Rabbi Nick Renner looks at one vision for how Jewish prayer worked more than 1,500 years ago and what that might mean for our world today. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
Rabbi Dennis Sasso reminds us that God is a process at work in the universe, within and among us, that makes for the fulfillment of our human potential. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
Rabbi Amy Small and her “Kipah, Kufi, and Collar” podcast colleagues, Imam Islam Hassan and the Rev. Ken White discuss this timeless quote of the hassidicrebbe, Menahem Mendl of Kotzk, from the perspective of their respective faith traditions. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
In her poem, Suzanne Sabransky reimagines the verse from the Shabbat evening hymn, Lecha Dodi, that calls us to arise and pour forth our song, bathed in the dawning of a new light. Sourced from Ritualwell