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Virtual Shabbat Box Archives: April 2023

March 31-April 1

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler writes how, on Passover, spiritual and political themes come into sublime and powerful alignment.

A photo collage illustration of a burning bush

In this podcast, Rabbi Michael Strassfeld says its time to reimagine the Seder and Shabbat services.

Podcast cover image for Passover and Judaism Disrupted

From Philo of Alexandria to a Reconstructionist Haggadah, Rabbi Maurice Harris takes on a metaphoric tour of story interpretation.

Israeli postage stamp that commemorates Passover.

Sharing some of her family’s story, theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein explores what it means to be simultaneously Black and Jewish in America.

Close-up of people in colorful clothes playing the drums

April 11

Through video lectures and curricula for adults and children, this project of RRC’s Center for Jewish Ethics highlights how the study of Jewish history, experience and ethics illuminates the problem of racism.

Demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter march

Rabbi Jen Gubitz’s poem prepares us for Passover Yizkor, evoking memory, joy and loss intoned to the rhythm of the Jewish calendar.

Hebrew lettering on a stone wall

This ritual for Passover Yizkor uses the elements as metaphors for memory, grief and stability.

A collection of small stones, one engraved with the word "Remember"

A Chicago-area couple’s Reconstructionist journey leads to a transformative gift to the movement and a hope to inspire others.

Chicago-area couple Ruth Wenger and Jonathan Markowitz

April 21-22

Rabbi Maurice Harris, whose Moroccan Jewish family found refuge in Israel, traces his evolving thinking and feelings about Zionism, the Palestinian experience, antisemitism and the ongoing conflict.

Half-finished puzzles of the Israeli and Palestinian flags, the Israeli flag on top

Reconstructing Judaism has assembled a trove of resources to better understand Israel’s Memorial and Independence Days from a Reconstructionist perspective.

Historical postage stamps from Israel

In this prayer, Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein reminds us that it is “very easy to destroy, but infinitely harder to build. May we remember that there is no future for any of us without all of us.”

The Israeli coastline, the sea on the left and a cityscape on the right

Rabbi Amy Eilberg writes about how Israel helped cement her Jewish identity yet, for now, she can’t bring herself to sing its national anthem, “Hatikvah.”

Red flowers in the foreground of a grassy, hilly area of Israel

Recorded late last year, this interview with Reconstructionist lay leader Marc Overbeck includes an articulation of hope for Israel as a Jewish democratic state and defender of human rights.

Podcast title card: The State of Democracy in Israel and the U.S.

April 28-29

Learn about how two scholars explore the intersection of Judaism and race as part of this Center for Jewish Ethics project.

A group demonstrates under the banner, Jews 4 Black Lives Matter.

Reb Ezra Weinberg and Ariel Collins write that too often Jewish communities fail to support people experiencing divorce. They ask: What might it look like for the Jewish community to do divorce well?

Two pairs of hands folded on a table, a document between them. The people's wedding rings are on top of the document.

Tiferet Welch offers a metaphysical prayer in connection with the counting of the Omer.

A figure holding a small light silhouetted against a red sky

Rabbi Daniel Brenner examines hand gestures from the Torah and the Talmud to the development of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions to today.

A group of people with their hands raised against a blue sky

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