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A perspective on forgiveness as a spiritual practice as well as a moral act

What does Reconstructionism have to do with Jewish law? According to Daniel Cederbaum, far more than you think. 

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Leviticus 16:1-34; 18: 1-30

Since Reconstructionist Judaism affirms a conception of God as a force, power or process — but not as a supernatural Being who can be addressed and can respond — what happens to the notion of sin? Rabbi Richard Hirsh argues that Reconstructionist theology makes it more, not less, important that we take on the responsibility for judgment, atonement, apology and repentance

When your profession demands that you work on Shabbat, how do you maintain the weekly Jewish holiday? Where do you find respite from work? We will explore: how we set boundaries for our Shabbat work; the language we use to describe our Shabbat work; and the internal spaciousness we cultivate on Shabbat while we are showing up for others.

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Leviticus 16:1-34; 18: 1-30

A study sheet on the evolving concept of teshuvah over the ages.

This study sheet on teshuvah and compassion draws our attention to the interplay between our ability to forgive others, and God's ability to forgive us. 

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Exodus 18:1-20:26

The Ten Commandments tell us not to "covet." What does that mean? This study sheet explores sources related to this issue.

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Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

What does it mean to be commanded to be joyful? Rabbi Toba Spitzer unpacks this imperative from Parashat Ki Tavo.

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Numbers 13:1-15:41

What is the meaning of the fringes (tzitzit) on a Jewish prayer shawl (tallit)? Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the sources. 

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Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20
Study sheet on the relationship between Parashat Nitzavim and themes of teshuvah.

How will you sustain your spirit through your next four years, your lifetime? Do you wonder how you can show up for challenging times with compassion, courage, equanimity and joy? Spirit in Practice, a podcast miniseries, answers these and other questions through lively discussion among emerging leaders and religious teachers of many faiths who are exploring social activism and spiritual practices.

Rabbi Jacob Staub reflects on the spirituality of anger, patience, and healing. 

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The tone of Tisha B’Av shifts in the afternoon, allowing for the mourning to begin abating. The afternoon service includes words of consolation. Rabbinic tradition teaches that the Messiah will be born on this saddest of days, a message that we can interpret as a vision of hope and peace arising from the ashes. The survival of the Jewish people despite these tragedies permits us to end our fast and return to everyday life. When the personal or communal observance of Tisha B’Av is compressed into a shorter period than a full day, it is worthwhile to consider how to bring this hopeful vision into that observance. —B.P.This excerpt from The Guide to Jewish Practice explains the practices associated with Tisha B'Av.

In an essay for eJewishPhilanthropy, Rabbi Deborah Waxman delves into Jewish history and tradition around resilience — the focus of our new podcast, Hashivenu.

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As empty nesters open their home to strangers via AirBnB, they find that hospitality has spiritual lessons to teach.

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Rabbi Shefa Gold reflects on creating a spiritual community of welcome

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Sometimes we need to consciously welcome those who "should" already feel close.

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Introductory essay in God Loves the Stranger

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At Rosh Hashanah, as we turn to new beginnings, we seek to repent—to do teshuvah—for what we have done wrong. And we can also affirmatively foster ourselves toward resilience—toward a thriving, loving outlook in spite of whatever challenges we encounter in life. In this video, I explore themes of resilience embedded into Jewish practice.

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