Virtual Bet Midrash | Reconstructing Judaism

Virtual Bet Midrash

Virtual Bet Midrash was the title of a long-running series of distance learning programs from the Reconstructionist movement.

Selected calls from the original Virtual Bet Midrash are available at the bottom of this page.

The Reconstructionist Learning Networks are our current learning and leadership initiative.

Previous Virtual Bet Midrash programs can be found on our archive site

Liturgy and Prayer Leadership: Distance Learning Session

This distance learning conference call explores the dynamics of worship and the human impulse to pray, some of the deep structures of Jewish prayer services, and specifically Reconstructionist liturgy.

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A Hasidic Lens on Parashat Bo

In this short talk, Rabbi Lester Bronstein brings 18th and 19th-century Hasidic thought into dialogue with contemporary Reconstructionist theology.

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What Makes a Reconstructionist Congregation Different?

In this talk, Rabbi Jacob Staub describes what makes Reconstructionist communities unique. Recorded in November 2014 at Congregation Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California. A full transcript is included. 

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Here, There and Everywhere — Three Views of Revelation for Shavuot

When we speak of the “revelation” of Torah, what do we mean? Elsie Stern shared three perspectives from traditional Jewish texts, viewed with a Reconstructionist eye.

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Why Do We Pray? A D'var Torah on Tazria/Metzora

What is the difference between religious thought and religious experience? Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer explores this question in the context of parashat Tazria/Metzora.

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Raising Future Decision Makers: Ten Keys to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert in the field of moral education and has written extensively on that topic. In this recording of a community teaching call, he discusses raising ethical children of character and share ten keys to leading your children to ethical choices in everyday life:

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