|God—Through A Reconstructionist Lens||
In this episode of the radio show Heart, Mind and Spirit, Rabbi Richard Hirsh, RRC '81, offers an-depth look at Reconstructionist theology, Kaplan's views of God and current views of how the Divine "Power that makes for Salvation" is expressed in our lives and communities.
Rabbis Erin Hirsh, RRC '00, and Shawn Zevit, RRC '98, engage in a dialogue about one of the most powerful and widely celebrated times of the Jewish year cycle. How did the Jewish New Year evolve? What are the key practices that express the central ideas of this High Holy Day? What are the...
|Passover: The Seder||
This audio program offers an overview of the structure, development and religious meanings of the haggadah and the Passover seder with Rabbis Joy Levitt and Richard Hirsh. It includes a special behind-the-scenes look at the Reconstructionist haggadah, A Night of Questions...
Rabbis Fred Dobb and Richard Hirsh look at the development of the philosophy and practice of kashrut from Biblical times to the present and what a Reconstructionist approach to kashrut can mean for us today. An episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit.
|The Changing Role of the Rabbi||
An exploration of the many facets of being and becoming a rabbi in contemporary society with Rabbi Richard Hirsh. What were the pre-modern roles and responsibilities of a rabbi? How have they changed into the 21st century? What is particular to being a Reconstructionist Rabbi and leadership in...
|Boundaries and Identity: Discussing Where We Stand and Who We Are||
In this article, Rabbi Richard Hirsh, RRC '81, discusses the issues of boundaries and identity involved with children of interfaith families. Who is "Jewish" for the purpose of religious school attendance? Why are these discussions important? What gets in the way of having them?
|Land||Parashat Behar is primarily concerned with rules and regulations pertaining to the land of Israel. We read the description of the laws governing the sabbatical ("Shmitta") years in which the land was to ...|
|The Nazirite||Jewish tradition teaches that the Torah yields 613 commandments, which are incumbent on the Jewish people. One would think that this daunting total would be sufficient for most Jews, yet this week's Torah portion, Naso, ...|
|Tzitzit||In this week's portion we find the instructions regarding the wearing of the fringe (Tzitzit) which the ancient Israelites were commanded to observe. The passage, Numbers 15:37 - 41, is also familiar as the third section of ...|
|Who Has the Authority to Change Judaism?||In his well-known 1936 commentary on the Torah, popularly referred to as the "Hertz Humash", Dr. J. H. Hertz refers to this week's Torah portion, "Korach", as "The Great Mutiny&...|
|Balaam Recognizes the One God||This week's portion is called Balak, after the name of the Moabite monarch who sought to bring doom on the Israelites as they approached the end of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Israel. ...|
|Transitioning Leadership||One of the most difficult tasks faced by a community is the orderly transition of power from one leader to the next. Every nation, religious group, society, organization, and family inevitably faces the challenge of ...|
|The Importance of Re-Reading Torah||The Book of Numbers is in many ways the least cohesive of the five books of the Torah. Its narrative excursions and legal legacies are occasionally related, but more often discrete. In Matot and Masey, ...|
|Shabbat Hazon||This week's Torah portion is Devarim, the opening section of the last book of the Torah known in English as Deuteronomy. This Shabbat, however, is known as Shabbat Hazon, after the opening words of ...|
|Shabbat Nahamu||The summer cycle of scriptural readings revolves around two sets of text. The first is the weekly cycle of readings which progresses through the final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy. The second is the ten ...|
|Ruth, the First Convert||This weekend we celebrate Shavuot, called in tradition "zman matan Torataynu", the season of the giving of our Torah. It is a pleasant coincidence that the Torah reading for this Shabbat, immediately preceding ...|
|What Would Kaplan Think?||Rabbi Richard Hirsh, RRC '81, discusses the reconstruction of Reconstructionism. This presentation is available in text and audio versions.|
|Can a Reconstructionist Sin?||Taking responsibility for our mistakes and failures at Yom Kippur.|
|Closing the Apartment||Developing a ritual for the dissolution of a home.|
|The Legacy of Ira Eisenstein||On the occasion of his fifth yahrtzeit|
|A Reconstructionist Exploration of Dietary Law||Kashrut and Jewish identity|
|Rating the "High Holidays"||"I'd give it a 7... It had a good beat, and you could davven to it"|
|"What Is Reconstructionism, Anyway?"||Short article by Rabbi Richard Hirsh which gives a brief description of Reconstructionism.|
|The Reconstructionist at 70||A Conversation with the editor of The Reconstructionist, Rabbi Richard Hirsh which puts perspective and sheds insights on 70 years of Reconstructionist intellectual evolution.|
|Eulogy for Rabbi Ira Eisenstein z"l||Eulogy delivered by Rabbi Richard Hirsh at the funeral of Rabbi Ira Eisenstein On July 1, 2001.|
|Jewish Identity and Patrilineal Descent: Some Second Thoughts||Article on Patrlineal Descent from the Reconstructionist, Volume 49 no 5, March 1984, p 25-28, 34.|