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Holiday Resources

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, and its accompanying music CD. This is an episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit.

Type: Audio Interview

Shavuot Theology

When we celebrate Shavuot, writes Rabbi Jacob Staub, we need not limit the celebration to an event that occurred (or did not occur) in the 13th century BCE. If the giving of the Torah is ongoing, then new interpretations we discover at a Tikun Leyl Shavuot are part of the oral Torah.

Read Staub's take on Shavuot theology.

This essay is excerpted from A Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2—Shabbat and Holidays.

How Much Is Enough?

In 2013-14, the Tikkun Olam Commission of the Reconstructionist movement is initiating actions and conversations about wealth and income inequality and the related question: How much is enough? This letter, written by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, ’85, was originally sent to college students. However, it’s a useful text for any family, study group or individual who wants to bring contemporary meaning and challenging questions to bear on an ancient holiday.

Type: Community Discussion Guide