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Virtual Shabbat Box Archives: July 2023

July 28-29

We’ve gathered an array of Reconstructionist resources from our network of websites to help you search for meaning on this solemn day, the Ninth of Av. 

Temple in Israel

Confused and angered by the push to weaken Israel’s judiciary? Inspired by the protests but not sure what to think? Rabbis Deborah Waxman and Maurice Harris share their perspectives.

Podcast cover: Reconstructionist Jews and the Struggle Over Israel's Future

Rabbi Maurice Harris asks the One who blessed our ancestors and Israel’s founders to give them the strength to save the State of Israel’s democracy, because we have learned that democracy is sacred.”

Close-up of the Israeli flag

Check out The Forward’s in-depth retelling of the birth The Jewish Cataloguefeaturing several Reconstructionist voices and its impact upon Judaism today.

Challah on a serving platter, apples, and a plaque with Hebrew print

July 21-22

Reflecting on horrors in his city and throughout Jewish history, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein shows how a Reconstructionist reformulation of traditional prayer can help process loss.

Sun setting over downtown Buffalo, New York

Suzanne Sabransky’s poem invokes the fast of Tisha BAv to remind us of the blessings so many of us take for granted and to focus on how many people suffer from hunger.

Woman sitting silhouetted against a window pane

Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg delves into how trauma has informed Jewish experience at both the individual and collective levels.

Podcast cover: Trauma, Healing and Resilience

This excerpt from The Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2” outlines the history of this most solemn of Jewish holidays.

Close-up of a man wearing a prayer shawl and reading a prayer book

July 14-15

With poor air quality continuing to be a concern throughout much of North America, Trisha Arlin prays for the health of all.

Hand holding a dandelion, dandelion seeds floating away in the breeze

Learn how Reconstructionist values guide Sophia Barrett’s actions from how she raises funds for the organization to teaming up with her crisis response dog to help people in need.

Sophia Barrett headshot

Rabbi David Jaffe adapts Judaism’s teachings on applied ethics to offer resilience and inspiration to all those working for social change.

Black woman in a crowd yelling into a bullhorn

In this commentary on the weekly Torah portion, Rabbi Jonathan Kligler explains how the Torah is not a road atlas but a map of our inner journeys.

River with tree on the bank

July 7-8

At a time of year when many of us travel, this prayer urges the God of our ancestors for safe passage home.

Multiracial family, a father, mother, and daughter, in a car together

This poem by Rabbi Janet Madden seeks coherence and calm amissthe day’s tsunami of ‘To Do’s.”

White woman with long brown hair with her eyes closed against an abstract background

Revisit one of the Evolve podcast’s most downloaded episodes, focusing on how Jewish communities can truly become more inclusive, embracing spaces.

Podcast opening slate: Warm and Welcoming?

Rabbi David Steinberg’s commentary of Parashat Pinchas examines the passing of one generation to another while encouraging us to temper our judgments with compassion and humility.

Three hands (one old, one adult, one a child) touching at the fingertips

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