Rabbi Jacob Staub reflects on an interaction he had with a plumber, through the lens of the Jewish ethical practice of not talking about other people (Shemirat Halashon).
Rabbi Jacob Staub discusses Jewish beliefs about the messiah and redemption.
Rabbi Jacob Staub recounts a personal transformation in his views on interfaith families.
A perspective on taxes and community responsibility throughout Jewish history that sheds light on today's congregational practices of collecting dues.
Topics: Congregational Development, Jewish Life, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising, Money and Values, Jewish Thought, Jewish Community, Congregational and Organizational Life
In this dvar-Torah Syd Nestel makes in depth comparison of Reconstructionist and Conservative approaches to the prohibitions against homosexuality written in Leviticus 18 and 20.
Topics: Jewish Life, Divrei Torah, Jewish Practice, Jewish Thought, Tikkun Olam, Jewish Community, Reconstructionist Judaism
Type: Dvar Torah
How can we explain why some people observe Passover so strictly even when they don't observe much else? Aaron Seidman argues that it is the home-based family nature of the holiday that creates the commandment that people are more willing to follow.
Type: Dvar Torah
In 2006, Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, RRC '82, delivered this speech about Reconstructonist theology at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Convention in Deerfield Beech, FL.
Starting with the verse from Genesis 26:18 about Isaac needing to "re-dig" the wells upon his return, Rabbi Bronstein makes a case for a version of Reconstructionism which is engaging and serious. The speech is available in text and audio formats.
Topics: Jewish Life, Jewish Practice, Jewish Thought, Spirituality, Jewish Community, Reconstructionist Judaism