Impressionistic, first person, emotional response to the Binding of Isaac story. This portion is read as part of the annual Torah reading cycle but it was also picked out, at least since rabbinic times, to be read on Rosh Hashanah, the New Year Festival.
Written for Kol Nidre, this sermon contrasts the human bravery with the human wrongdoing that both ocurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Basing her critique of Noah on a retelling found in the Zohar which lambasts Noah for his selfishness, Zimmerman challenges us to overcome our overwhem, our guilt, our sense of powerless and our fear to rise up and reach out to bring justice into our world.
This packet both makes the case for the importance of advocacy on stopping genocide in Darfur and also helps groups and individuals to get that work done. Beautiful and moving photos are included and literally put a face to the conflict. Many clickable web links are included in the pdf. The production of this packet serves as a model of what lay committees in congregations can do that serves others.
Reacting to the brief essays on the personal meaning of spirituality in the same issue of RT, Carl Sheingold meditates on the implication and role of denominational movements in contemporary Jewish life.
This 2005 manual offers details and advice on every imaginable aspect of the process of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Includes info about a minchah/havdalah service as well as a regular Shabbat morning service.
These conversations from the listserv for Reconstructionist educators were prompted by a question from Toni Bloomberg Grossman about how to teach young children about Hanukkah. Many educators responded with their practical and ideological thoughts about how to teach Hanukkah.