We are very excited to announce Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations, a project of Reconstructing Judaism. The essays and resources on the Evolve site have been posted to serve as the bases for ongoing conversations about challenging topics.
We offer these resources to you in your community activities and for your own personal study.
Find insightful essays, study guides, sermon sparks and text resources about seven urgent issues of our day:
- Jewish Approaches to Justice Work
- Harnessing Technology
- Why Be Jewish?
- Redefining Jewish Identity
- Judaism and Race
- Cultivating Constructive Conversations about Israel/Palestine
- Reimagining Jewish Community
We also hope that Evolve will be a site for ongoing conversations about these groundbreaking issues—conversations that exemplify our values of mutual respect and open-hearted communication. We encourage you to write or video responses that we can add to these conversations. Please share your responses with us here.
These issues will be featured in many of the workshops at the upcoming Convention in Philadelphia of Reconstructing Judaism. In addition, in the coming year, several of our Reconstructionist Learning Networks will focus on these issues.
The evolution of Jewish civilization to which we are all committed depends on our willingness to address difficult issues together in exciting ways that can be challenging. We hope that Evolve will serve as a site that promotes these important conversations.
From the Rabbi – Hebrew Month Preview
In the coming calendar year, we will mark the new Hebrew month with a video describing the unique qualities of that month, and presenting a challenge to apply in our own lives. Click on the links below to learn more about each month, and to hear the month’s challenge. Rosh Hodesh Sameach!
Learn to Chant Torah
Learning to chant Torah is a useful skill and can be a wonderful way to participate in the community. After learning the trope signs and their associated melodies, you can make your way through most of the Chumash, the Five Books of Moses, where these symbols are used.
TBI uses a slightly different trope system than many other communities, but most other systems are similar enough to not cause confusion. You can listen to the trope here. Download a PDF of the trope or follow along below.
For a detailed description of trope and the cantillation system of reading Torah see the Wikipedia article.
Weekday Davenning (Prayers)
The prayers for the weekday service, follow a different nusach (set of melodies) than Shabbat and holidays.
Kol Haneshamah-Limot Chol/Daily Siddur
Mah Tovu-page 3
Birchot ha Shachar-page 15
Modeh/Modah Ani-page 21
Asher Yatsar-page 21
Elohai Neshamah-page 23
Psalm 30-page 31
Baruch She’amar (version 1)-page 33
Baruch She’amar (version 2)-page 33
Ashrei (chant)-page 41
Ashrei (full prayer)-page 41
Psalm 146 (Halleli Nafshi)-page 51
Psalm 150-page 61
Hatzi Kaddish-page 65
As We Bless-page 67
Titbarach–>kulam ahuvim-page 71
Or Chadash-page 75
Ahavah Rabah (chant)
Vehar eyneynu-page 81
Emet V’yatziv-page 93
Mi Chamocha-page 97
Amidah (full)-page 99
Oseh Shalom-page 135
Kaddish Titkabal-page 145
Ozi V’Zimrat Yah-379
Yihiyu L’Ratzon-page 135