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But with the lengthy development of Judaism and its many changes it is incorrect to posit, as some have done, that Jewish history produced two separate religions: an OT religion of Israel and the postexilic religion of Judaism.
The feel that Judaism should "alter its externals to strengthen its eternals." Reform holds that there is divine authority only in the written law of the Old Testament (its main distinction from Orthodox.) They feel that the practices of dietary laws and covering the head at worship are outmoded and should be abandoned.
Judaism has a system of law, known as Halachah, regulating civil and criminal justice, family relationships, personal ethics and manners, social responsibilities - such as help to the needy, education, and community institutions - as well as worship and other religious observances.
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 Reconstructionist Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theology is not the cornerstone of the Reconstructionist movement.
The most important distinction between Reconstructionist Judaism and traditional Judaism is that Reconstructionism feels that all of halakha should be categorized as "folkways", and not as law.
Reconstructionist Judaism is egalitarian with respect to gender.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Reconstructionist_Judaism   (1541 words)

 Judaism 101: Movements of Judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism is theoretically an outgrowth of Conservative, but it doesn't fit neatly into the traditional/liberal, observant/non-observant continuum that most people use to classify movements of Judaism.
Reconstructionists believe that Judaism is an "evolving religious civilization." They do not believe in a personified deity that is active in history, and they do not believe that G-d chose the Jewish people.
Reconstructionists observe the halakhah if they choose to, not because it is a binding Law from G-d, but because it is a valuable cultural remnant.
www.jewfaq.org /movement.htm   (2311 words)

 Judaism FAQs
Reconstructionism was developed by Rabbis Mordecai Menahem Kaplan (1881–1983) and Ira Eisenstein during the 1930s/40s, and formally became a separate denomination with the foundation of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Seminary in 1968.
Reconstructionist theology in some ways is a variant of the naturalism of John Dewey.
The role of women in Reconstructionist Judaism is the same as that held by Reform Judaism.
groups.msn.com /judaismfaqs/ReconstructionistJudaism.msnw   (1386 words)

 Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Rabbinic Judaism holds that the Torah is the same one that was given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai.
Judaism affirms that people are born with a yetzer ha'tov, a tendency to do good, and with a yetzer ha'ra, a tendency to do bad.
The Role of the cantor in Judaism discusses the role of the cantor (hazzan) as an emissary of the congregation.
www.explainthat.info /ju/judaism.html   (5173 words)

 JRC - What is Reconstructionism?
Reconstructionist Jews thus understand Judaism to be the outcome of the religious experience of the Jewish people in their search for meaning and sacred living throughout history rather than revelation from a supernatural God.
Reconstructionists are committed to a serious engagement with the texts and teachings, as well as the art, literature and music of tradition.
Reconstructionist Judaism is respectful of traditional Jewish observances but also open to new interpretations and forms of religious expression.
www.jrc-evanston.org /about/reconstructionism.html   (1375 words)

 Who is a Reconstructionist Jew?
A vital, contemporary Judaism must respond fully to the changes in modern Jewish history: The Holocaust, renewed Jewish statehood, new and different family structures, the evolving relationships of men and women, as well as the role of religion in a universe threatened by both ecological and nuclear disaster.
Reconstructionists call upon Jews to embrace this open, democratic society ­ not only because its structural pluralism does not require the abandonment of Judaism, but also because American ideal at their best coincide with Jewish ideals as they ought to be developed and reconstructed.
While Reconstructionists are lovers of tradition and support community celebration of the Jewish sacred year and life­cycle events, we also believe that the face of the Jewish community is changing and that individuals have the right to adapt Jewish tradition to new circumstances.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/reconstruction.html   (2202 words)

 Zionism, Judaism, and the Jewish People
Judaism is of course a relatively modern concept.
In particular, Reform Judaism, Reconstructionist Judaism and Humanist Judaism all say that they do not believe in the coming of the Messiah and do not regard the birth of the state of Israel as the culmination of Jewish history.
It must be Judaism, since they call it that, but it is a Judaism which faces an uncertain future since it does not greatly differ from many other religious and philosophic teachings.
www.jewishmag.com /89mag/zionism/zionism.htm   (1555 words)

 Judaism Today
Judaism as it is found in the United States today is divided into four modern religious movements represented by synagogue membership.
Reconstructionist Jews generally send their children to public schools and to afternoon or Sunday religious school for instruction in Hebrew and Judaism.
Women in the Reconstructionist movement are encouraged to become rabbis and the first ordination of a Reconstructionist woman rabbi was held in 1974, only two short years after the first Reform woman was ordained.
www.rossel.net /basic04.htm   (2496 words)

 B'nai Abraham - A Reconstructionist Congregation
Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life which integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.
Reconstructionists hold diverse ideas about God, but we share an emphasis on Godliness – those hopes, beliefs, and values within us that impel us to work for a better world, that give us strength and solace in times of need, that challenge us to grow, and that deepen our joy in moments of celebration.
Reconstructionist communities emphasize acts of social justice alongside prayer and study as an essential part of their spiritual practice.
www.bnai-abraham.org /reconstructionism.php   (985 words)

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Conservative Judaism is often seen, perhaps unfairly, as the middle ground between Orthodoxy on its right and Reform and Reconstructionism on its left.
Reconstructionists believe in a naturalistic approach to religion and conceive of Judaism not just as a religion but as an evolving religious civilization.
Reform Judaism, like Reconstructionism, believes that children of a Jewish father and Gentile mother are Jewish if the child is brought up as Jewish and publicly identifies as a Jew through various religious acts.
www.convert.org /movement.htm   (1259 words)

 Judaism Reading List: Reconstructionist Judaism (Pt. VI)
Reconstructionist Judaism is the small "fourth movement" of American Judaism.
Reconstructionists are Jews who take the Jewish traditions seriously and live Jewish lives even through they don't believe in the divine supernatural origin of the Torah.
Reconstructionists tend to conduct more intimate worship services in which everyone is involved and the rabbi--if there is one--does not dominate.
www.faqs.org /faqs/judaism/reading-lists/reconstructionist   (1566 words)

 Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Judaism has seldom, if ever, been monolithic in practice (although it has always been monotheistic in theology), and differs from many religions in that its central authority is not vested in any person or group but rather in its writings and traditions.
Despite this, Judaism in all its variations has remained tightly bound to a number of religious principles, the most important of which is the belief that there is a single, omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, transcendent God, who created the universe and continues to be involved in its governance.
Reconstructionist Judaism started as a stream of philosophy by Mordechai Kaplan, a Conservative rabbi, and later became an independent movement emphasizing reinterpreting Judaism for modern times.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Judaism   (9748 words)

 Hassafon - Rekonstruksjonistisk jødedom | Reconstructionist Judaism
As Reconstructionists, we believe Judaism is not just a religion, but an evolving civilization in which the past has ‘a vote, not a veto.’ Every time you come to Shir Hadash, you’ll find something new, something familiar — and a friendly community to welcome you.”
Beth-El Zedeck is a traditional, yet innovative synagogue where we experience Judaism as ‘the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people.’ We are a large congregation, yet we are dedicated to creating an environment of personal warmth, caring and spiritual growth for all members.
The Reconstructionist rabbi may serve in a synagogue, teach in a university, act as a resource person for a network of havurot, work within a Jewish federation, direct a Hillel foundation, head a school or a bureau of Jewish education, administer a Jewish center, serve as a chaplain, or staff a Jewish communal agency.”
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 Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah
Judaism is but one of a number of unique national civilizations guiding humanity toward its spiritual destiny.
But for the Jew who approaches Judaism as a civilization, the test for any form of adjustment will not be whether it conforms to the accepted teachings of revelation, not whether it is consistent with the universal aims of mankind.
Reconstructionists use the foundation and building blocks they have inherited from the past, reordering and adding to them so that they fit the needs, values, and tastes of this generation, without altering them in ways that would make them unrecognizable or sap their richness.
www.hvcn.org /info/recona2/excerpts.html   (1186 words)

 Judaism FAQs
Much of the Reconstructionist liturgy is continuous with the 2,000 year old rabbinic Jewish liturgical tradition, yet a significant part of it is a new creation that appeals to religious naturalists and humanists, and to those who question classical theism.
For some Reconstructionists this is the sum of humanity's highest values and aspirations, taken as a whole.
The Reconstructionist liturgy deletes references to the Jews as God's chosen people, deletes references to the reinstitution of animal sacrifice and references to resurrection.
groups.msn.com /judaismfaqs/liturgyprayerbooks.msnw   (2263 words)

They have no connection at all to Reconstructionist Judaism, which is a liberal group within Judaism.
Reconstructionists regard the Gods and Goddesses of all other religions to be "the devil," and their teachings to be false.
Reconstructionists are divided on the execution method to be used.
www.religioustolerance.org /reconstr.htm   (2302 words)

Judaism is thousands of years old, yet its concepts and practices change in response to the needs and understandings of Jews.
The claim of any branch of Judaism to be the one original unchanged construct is not credible.
Judaism is first and foremost a strong belief in ethics, and ethical behavior.
www.humanisticjews.org /timeline.htm   (2482 words)

 Who is a Reconstructionist Jew?
Reconstructionists encourage all Jews to enhance their own lives by reclaiming our shared heritage and becoming active participants in the building of the Jewish future.
We see it as the lifeblood of Judaism, the power that allows Judaism to continue as a dynamic tradition in every age.
For more information about the Reconstructionist movement, please visit the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation website and the websites of our sister havurot and congregations.
www.nvrc.net /recon.htm   (187 words)

 Streams of Judaism: Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and more
Judaism is both a worldview and a way of life, and the Torah is its primary source.
Reconstructionist Judaism, a fourth movement that is substantially smaller than the other three, has immerged in the United States in the second half of the 20th Century.
As recently as 200 years ago, orthodox Judaism, which adheres to the traditions and rules practiced for thousands of years, was the only form of religious Judaism.
www.mazornet.com /jewishcl/Judaism/denominations.htm   (266 words)

 Understanding Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Conservative Judaism generally accepts the binding nature of Jewish Law, but believes that the law should change and adapt.
Reconstructionist Judaism is theoretically an outgrowth of Conservative, but it's sort of out in left field.
Reconstructionists observe the Law if they choose to, not because it is a binding Law from G-d, but because it is a valuable cultural remnant.
www.caic.org.au /world/judaism.htm   (577 words)

 Welcome to Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Synagogue
We are fulfilling the Reconstructionist ideal of the Havurah, the warm and intimate fellowship congregation, where members take ownership of the tradition and take responsibility for how to make Judaism meaningful and relevant in our lives.
Reconstructionists define Judaism as more than a religion.
We believe that we are involved in the current evolution of Judaism and are responsible for shaping the spiritual and cultural legacy we will leave to future generations.
www.shir-hadash.org   (673 words)

 Judaism in America and in Israel
It is the liberal branch, adopting Judaism to the new changes in the world.
A fourth group, Reconstructionist Jews, rejects the concept of the Jews as God's chosen people, yet maintains rituals as part of the Judaic cultural heritage.
The main "branches" of Judaism in Israel today are about the same as those described in America.
religion-cults.com /Judaism/brans-j2.htm   (1703 words)

 Darchei Noam: Reconstructionist Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The central idea of Reconstructionism is that Judaism is more than a religion in the narrow sense but is a complete religious civilization, with its own art, music, literature, culture, and folk-ways - as well as religious rituals, ethics, and philosophical and theological discourse.
Reconstructionist Judaism strongly emphasizes the humanistic and naturalistic values in historical Judaism, and it places them in a context that reflects contemporary social conscience, philosophy, science, and the quest for spirituality.
Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach, by Rebecca T. Alpert and Jacob J. Staub, The Reconstructionist Press, Elkins Park, PA, 2000.
www.darcheinoam.on.ca /reconstructionism.html   (214 words)

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