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How to Pray

With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approaching, it may be a good time to talk about prayer. A great many of us will find ourselves sitting in synagogue services, not knowing what to do.
 
How does one pray?

Embracing Our Sorrows

Tisha B’Av (The Ninth Day of Av) is a 24-hour fast that is observed this week. During this time, Jews commemorate the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple in 70 C.E. and many other calamitous events that have occurred throughout our history. Why do we harp on sorrowful events that occurred so many centuries ago? It is a legitimate question.

The Quiet Themes Come to Life

When’s the last time you reflected on Reconstructionist peoplehood and community? RRC’s VP of Academic Affairs, Elsie Stern Ph.D., reflects on how ritual brings us time and again to some themes, but for other topics, well, we need to schedule them in ourselves. Enjoy this sneak peek at an RRC conference and conversation, coming soon.

Head, hand and heart. . . all at the same time!

Elsie Stern, Ph.D.

Reflecting RRC’s history of progressive rabbinical education, Elsie Stern, Ph.D., shares how the new curriculum fully implemented this past year uniquely unites elements key to rabbinic cultivation and exemplifies the legacy of RRC.

Senior Torah

Elsie Stern, Ph.D.

Elsie Stern, Ph.D., shares her torah on the annual sharing of teachings by our graduating seniors. What does the diversity of this class say about modern American Judaism in general, and our movement in particular?

 

My Questions for This Pesakh Season

Elsie Stern, Ph.D.

The academic dean of RRC offers the first in a series of blogs about peoplehood. She starts by asking about the Jewish practices of non-Jews, which we see all around us at Pesakh, when seder tables bring friends and family of many persuasions together.

His Blood Cries Out for Faith and Love

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

On March 8, Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, RRC’s director of Social Justice Organizing, participated in a march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Rabbi Liebling shares his emotional experiences and the Jewish justice insights he draws from them.