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In an essay that appeared in Philadelphia's Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., makes the case that Reconstructionist Judaism matters now more than ever.

Reflections on the spirituality of impending parenthood.

Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., explains why spirituality can be such an important aspect of mental health. 

In this award-winning High Holiday sermon, RRC student Elyssa Cherney explores where holiness resides.

Spirituality, Theology

Theme song to the Hashivenu podcast, composed by Chana Rothman

Music, Spirituality

An essay on travel to Eastern Europe, and the strangeness and familiarity found there.

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The high holy days are a time of collective and personal renewal. We ask ourselves "what do we value?" "What do we cherish?" We deepen our ongoing Jewish human project of creating a just and peaceful society and living a just and peaceful life. And we inquire "what is the relationship between the inner and the outer work of transformation?" 


We meet our inner stranger when we pause. We meet our fears, our longings, our agitated heart and our peaceful soul. We tend to project our inner stranger on to the other, the ones we know and the ones we don't know. The high holiday leads us to interconnection and oneness. We meet the stranger within and without in order to rest in the One, to remember who we are and what matters. Together we walk toward that day of at one ment.

—Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

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Information about Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg's book
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Examination of Rabbi Kelilah Miller's papercut, "Human, Why Do You Sleep?"

Art, High Holidays, Spirituality

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.

How do you pray, anyway? Rabbi Jacob Staub explores this seemingly simple question.

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Ariana Katz, the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Launch Grant, created "Kaddish," a podcast about illness, death, and mourning in Jewish ritual traditions. Her work seeks to build an online community that "holds space at the intersection of life and death."

Our Spirituality of Activism network draws from "Tikkun Hanefesh V'Olam," the repair, balance, and integration of one's soul and the world we are a part of. Guided by rabbi and activist leader Shawn Zevit, we worked together to think about the connection between social justice and prayer. 

Our first session of Reconstructing for Tomorrow, led by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, began the difficult and exciting task of grappling with the history of the Reconstructionist movement and the questions of Jewish peoplehood in the future.

In our second session with author Abigail Pogrebin, we talked about "embracing the other" in our holiday celebrations and reinterpreting the Hannukah story to embrace this idea.

How can we pray, live, work, and eat while continuing to integrate tikkun olam practices into daily life? Our second Spirituality of Activism network drew from the Babylonian Talmud, the Reconstructionist Prayerbook, and other resources to find the answer to this pressing question. 

In our third session with author Abigail Pogrebin, we talked about taking an "Elijah moment" at our Passover celebrations: enacting change in the world in an effective and fulfilling way.

In our second session of Reconstructing for Tomorrow, we were led in a discussion about the spiritual and tangible ways we can integrate ecological values into our Jewish lives.

Our third Reconstructing for Tomorrow conversation with Rabbi Deborah Waxman focused on unpacking the ideological and practical differences between the Reconstructionist and Reform movements.

 In our final conversation with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, we looked at new Reconstructionist approaches to God and the language of the divine.

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