Belonging, Behaving, Believing: Exploring Reconstructionist Process

By Patti Haskell

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Fall 2007

Whereas Orthodox Jews are frequently accustomed to following the same practices day in and day out, the Reconstructionist way of life is much more variable. As Jews and Jewish communities evolve, so do their perspectives on Jewish living. Reconstructionism is a process that involves belonging, behaving, and believing, and the author illustrates this process with a modern midrash on the biblical Sarah's reaction to her husband's near-sacrifice of their son. As an imagined chaplain works with Sarah, the matriarch re-engages with Jewish community, Jewish communal practice, and Jewish theology. This models the ever-evolving Reconstructionist approach to Jewish life in the world today.

Topic: Theology, Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist Judaism, Jewish Text, Modernity

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Potok, Rena

Volume/Issue: Vol. 72/No. 1

Page Number(s): 59-62

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Haskell, Patti. Belonging, Behaving, Believing: Exploring Reconstructionist Process. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Fall 2007: 59-62.


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