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Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living

Volume 1
By David A. Teutsch

A landmark publication from the Center for Jewish Ethics of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, in cooperation with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Available directly from RRC Press! Read praise for the Guide.

Read the table of contents and the introduction to the volume.

Read a conversation with the author about what’s in the book.

With commentary from nearly 70 scholars and leaders of contemporary Jewish life, including Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Ruth Messinger and Marilyn Price, and Rabbis Sandy Sasso, Sid Schwarz and Sheila Peltz Weinberg.

Based on more than seven decades of cutting-edge scholarship from the Reconstructionist movement, A Guide to Jewish Practice is the most comprehensive guide to enriching contemporary Jewish practice ever published. This highly readable work helps us to navigate important contemporary issues ranging from sexual ethics and gender identity to end-of-life decisions. It is an invaluable resource for crafting a personal approach to the important questions that confront us in everyday life: What are my obligations to my community? How should I handle charitable giving in a world overwhelmed by human need? Contained within this long-awaited work is the key to leading a life of integrity and spiritual meaning built upon values-based decision-making*—a practice that is at the heart of Reconstructionist life.

Resting on millennia of Jewish living and Torah study, A Guide to Jewish Practice offers us a rich, relevant and fully modern approach to Jewish tradition. It incorporates Rabbinic and medieval sources alongside approaches from Reconstructionist articles, pamphlets and position papers published since 1941, contextualized for the challenges and circumstances of the 21st century. RRC’s new Guide to Jewish Practice is for anyone who wishes to experience the everyday in a mindful, meaningful way.

*VBDM is a seven-step process that guides an individual or group through an analysis of the situation, action alternatives and relevant norms and values—leading to a well-considered decision that is grounded both in Jewish tradition and the contemporary situation, and is legitimated by the process used to make it.