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Virtual Shabbat Box Archives: January 2024

January 5-6

Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines a core teaching of Reconstructionist Judaism, the rejection of the idea of Jews as the chosen people and explains why it’s more relevant than ever.

Light filtering through the trees in a deciduous forest

Rabbi Megan Doherty shares that, in rereading the Torah every year, we encounter old friends and acquaintances as well as life’s range of highs and lows.

A magnifying glass lying over a sheet of paper

Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz delves into Lecha Dodi and what the 16th century poem tells us about Shabbat and the possibilities for repair and wholeness.

Two white candles, lit, in silver candlesticks

Tayla Jankovits’ poetic response to war looks for signs of living and endurance.

The back of a figure shrouded in black against an orange sky

January 12-13

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech is set to traditional haftarah melodies, adding a new layer of meaning to King’s prophetic words.

Martin Luther King, Jr. giving a speech

At Ritualwell’s weekly “Holding Each Other” gathering, poet Hila Ratzabi reads the title piece of her debut collection and offers a prompt to spark creativity.

A field of green grass with trees in the distance and a cloudy sky

Revisit this conversation — the most downloaded Hashivenu episode ever — between Rabbi Deborah Waxman and Rabbi Sandra Lawson about what it means to be an ally to groups and individuals.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman and Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Have you ever struggled to explain racism to your kids? Flubbed conversations at the dinner tableThen be sure to catch our conversation with Buffie Longmire-Avital, Ph.D.

a multicultural group of small children

January 19-20

Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein explains how “new year for trees” helps explain Reconstructionist approaches to Jewish practice and celebration.

Person planting a tree in an open field

During Ritualwell’s weekly “Holding Each Other” program, artist Betsy Teutsch recounts the process of illustrating the Reconstructionist prayerbook, sharing some light during a dark time.

A prayerbook with pink and purple flowers

Learn the basic history and theology of Tu B’Shvat from this excerpt from “A Guide to Jewish Practice.”

Dishes of food such as nuts, dates, pomegranates, and dried fruit

This Tu B’Shvat ritual explores the kabbalistic symbolism of the number four.

Three people meditating

January 26-27

The Torah tells us that a human being is like a tree in the field, and this meditation encourages us to envision ourselves as planted by the divine.

Black woman meditating outdoors

Scholar, rabbi and lawyer Jay Michaelson talks about his first book of fiction — which tackles queerness and mysticism — and his postOct. 7 journalism for the Forward and Rolling Stone.

Close-up of the Pride and trans flags

During a Ritualwell “Holding Each Other” virtual gathering, Rabbi Joshua Boettiger offers writing prompts that ask us to investigate the stories that different parts of our bodies may be telling us.

Screenshot of Rabbi Joshua Boettiger reciting the poem “Inventory” by Dorianne Laux

Not all disabilities are readily visible and apparent. This prayer asks that all those who live with less visible disabilities realize the expansiveness of their gifts.

Person silhouetted against a cloudy pink background

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