This mini-lesson presents a midrash about Noah and asks whether he was compassionate or selfish.
How can you delight two- and three-year-olds with chanting of Torah in ancient melodies called trope? How do you pull them into the storyline, calling out questions and literally jumping out of their seats to shout Hazak! Hazak! Venithazek! (Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!) at the end of each portion, as if it were a chorus from the latest Disney blockbuster? Rabbinical student Marisa Elana James did just that, weekly, during her year as director of programming at a congregation in New York City. In this article, you can read about her methodology and listen to her chanting and questioning her very young congregants.
A dynamic conversation with Rabbi David Teutsch about the historic and current methods of identifying and training future Jewish leaders, with particular attention to the experiences and programs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and models of becoming a Reconstructionist Rabbi. An episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit.