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Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations features interviews with thought-provoking rabbis, leaders and creators about the urgent issues faced by Jewish people today. As a part of Reconstructing Judaism’s multimedia Evolve project (http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org/), this podcast models respectful, sacred conversations about challenging topics.

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Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations features interviews with thought-provoking rabbis, leaders and creators about the urgent issues faced by Jewish people today. As a part of Reconstructing Judaism’s multimedia Evolve project (http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org/), this podcast models respectful, sacred conversations about challenging topics.

    Hope as an Ethical Imperative

    Hope as an Ethical Imperative

    In 1995, Barbara Breitman’s beloved cousin was murdered and Barbara and her husband, Chaim adopted her cousin’s children. The following year, her husband died suddenly and tragically. In this episode, Brietman – a social worker, therapist, spiritual director and scholar of religion – recounts how she was able to rebuild her life after her world was shattered. And she discusses how lessons learned regarding personal resilience can be translated into the social-political realm. “When I’m talking about hope as a practice, I’m not talking about some fluffy thing,” Breitman says. In Breitman’s telling, hope is an essential Jewish practice. It enables leaders to imagine a different world and work to bring it out about no matter what obstacles stand in the way. She cites Moses, Noah and Mordechai as Biblical characters who embody this kind of hope. How can ordinary people emulate these examples? We talk about this, as well as Brietman’s idea that people can undergo reincarnation within the same lifetime, thus leading multiple lives.


    Theme song, “Ilu Finu” by Rabbi Miriam Margles. Her album This is the Day is available for purchase at CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/miriammarglesandthehadarensemb


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    This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org.
    Special Guest: Barbara Breitman.
    Support Evolve
    Links:
    Read the Evolve essay: Hope as an Ethical Imperative — Having faith in the power of an ethical/spiritual vision guides our action and activism toward revitalization, justice and compassion.Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives — Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives invites readers into the lives of twenty women for whom Jewish language and texts provide a lens for understanding their experiences. The authors don't just use religious words (texts, theologies, or liturgies) like a cookbook. Instead they serve readers something closer to a real meal, prepared with love and intention. Each essay shares one piece of its writer's heart, one chapter of experience as refracted through the author's particular Jewish optic.Jewish Spiritual Direction: Fundamental Assumptions — Our view of reality can be transformed when we ask, “Where is God/the Holy in this?” and “What is the invitation/opportunity at this moment?” Gradually, we can build a relationship with what is beyond our ability to conceive.Jewish Spiritual Direction at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College — Through spiritual direction, rabbinical students cultivate their ability to discern God’s Presence in their lives — to notice and appreciate moments of holiness, to maintain an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things and to explore ways to be open to the Blessed Holy One in challenging and difficult moments as well as in joyful ones.Psychology Today: Barbara Breitman

    • 52分
    Fighting Antisemitism and Racism in Minneapolis

    Fighting Antisemitism and Racism in Minneapolis

    “People are really still antisemitic? I thought you all were just regular white people now.” When social justice activist Carin Mrotz heard those words from a Black activist, Mrotz knew she had even more to do: Educating non-Jewish progressives about antisemitism, putting antisemitism on the progressive agenda, building alliances to tackle antisemitism, racism and all expressions of white supremacy. In this interview, Mrotz, executive director of Minneapolis-based Jewish Community Action, discusses how the murder of George Floyd and subsequent conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin has impacted her work. Mrotz also talks about her working relationship with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. And, just to mix things up, we get into how the Miami punk rock scene of the 1980s shaped her worldview.


    Theme song, “Ilu Finu” by Rabbi Miriam Margles. Her album This is the Day is available for purchase at CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/miriammarglesandthehadarensemb


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    This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org.
    Special Guest: Carin Mrotz.
    Support Evolve
    Links:
    Evolve - Fighting Antisemitism is a Critical Piece of a Racial Justice AgendaDemocratic melee as US pro-Israel group picks fight with longtime Jewish leader | The Times of IsraelDukakis and the Tank - POLITICO MagazineKeith Ellison anti-Semitism controversy, explained | The Times of IsraelGlenn Danzig - Punk Wouldn't Happen With Today's 'Woke Bulls--t'

    • 48分
    America's First Bat Mitzvah

    America's First Bat Mitzvah

    The first American bat mitzvah took place on March 18, 1922. As its 100th anniversary nears, we’ve got something of a departure for our podcast. We’re running an episode that we co-sponsored of Adventures in Jewish Studies, a podcast of the Association for Jewish Studies. In it, guest scholars Rabbi Carole Balin, Melissa R. Klapper, and Rabbi Deborah Waxman consider the history of the bat mitzvah and its evolution over time. They also explore how the bat mitzvah helped pave the way for greater inclusion of women in public Jewish ritual and practice and helped shape American Jewish life.


    Visit our home on the web — Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversions: http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org


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    This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org.
    Special Guest: Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D..
    Support Evolve
    Links:
    ‎Adventures in Jewish Studies Podcast from the Association for Jewish StudiesJudith Kaplan celebrates first American Bat Mitzvah ceremony | Jewish Women's ArchiveSally Gottesman | Jewish Women's ArchiveA bat mitzvah girl debuts a new way for blind Jews to participate in an ancient tradition - The Washington PostMy Beautiful, Kaleidoscopic Jewish Life (Gina Drangel)This Teen Had a Gender-Neutral 'B Mitzvah' – KvellerMelissa Klapper, Ph.D. (Rowan University)Carole B. Balin (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion)Association for Jewish Studies

    • 33分
    Environmental Justice and Race

    Environmental Justice and Race

    We talk with Rabbi Rebecca Richman of Philadelphia’s Germantown Jewish Centre about environmental justice and the legacy of environmental racism, particularly focusing on her adopted hometown of Philadelpha, whose refinery – which recently made national headlines with a massive conflagration – has harmed Black and brown residents' health for decades. She addresses how the Torah can help us conceive of environmental justice and identify environmental racism. And in an emotional segment, we discuss parenthood in a world that seems spinning out of control. “As a parent...if I don’t take care of this place today, then there is no life for my children. And, if I don’t teach my children to take care of this place, then there will be no capacity for them to have children.”


    Theme song, “Ilu Finu” by Rabbi Miriam Margles. Her album This is the Day is available for purchase at CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/miriammarglesandthehadarensemb


    Visit our home on the web — Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversions: http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org


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    Read these show notes on the web at https://evolve.fireside.fm/1




    This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org.
    Special Guest: Bec Richman.
    Support Evolve
    Links:
    Evolve - Environmental Racism: A New Year, An Ancient Call for BreathPollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back. - The New York TimesHow Redlining Segregated Philadelphia – Next CityDr Robert Bullard – Father of Enviromental JusticeProf. Laura Goldin | Brandeis UniversityDayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action

    • 43分
    Liberating Your Passover Seder

    Liberating Your Passover Seder

    At 87, Rabbi Arthur Waskow still proudly calls himself a radical. His most revolutionary act may have taken place 52 years ago, when he wrote, published and organized the original Freedom Seder. Celebrated, debated and criticized, the Freedom Seder upended the contemporary seder by incorporating contemporary, non-Jewish liberation struggles. We talk about the origins of the Freedom Seder and what it means today. We explore Waskow’s life of activism, including his personal interactions with Rev. Martin Luther King Junior. And Waskow shares what keeps him turning out books and, at increasing risk to himself, taking to the streets and facing arrest. He also offers some practical advice on how to make a Zoom seder more compelling and how to take first steps as an activist. And we ask the burning question (no pun intended): is civilization as we know it headed for collapse?


    Theme song, “Ilu Finu” by Rabbi Miriam Margles. Her album This is the Day is available for purchase at CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/miriammarglesandthehadarensemb


    Visit our home on the web — Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversions: http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org


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    This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org.
    Special Guest: Rabbi Arthur Waskow.
    Support Evolve
    Links:
    Liberating the Future: Passover and Beyond (Evolve)The Plagues of Exodus and Today: Facing Our Plagues in an Earth-Healing Activist Passover (Evolve)Original 1969 Freedom Seder | The Shalom CenterDancing in God's Earthquake: The Coming Transformation of Religion (Amazon)Liberating Your Passover Seder - Beta 2021 EditionIn Freedom Seder, Jews And African-Americans Built A Tradition Together (NPR's Code Switch podcast)At 87, activist rabbi Arthur Waskow is still protesting - and still getting arrested (JTA story)A Controversial and Beloved Figure Celebrates 80 (Jewish Exponent, by Bryan Schwartzman)Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle (New York Times)Daniel J. Berrigan, Defiant Priest Who Preached Pacifism, Dies at 94 (New York Times)

    • 56分
    Human Composting: Good for the Environment, But Is It Kosher?

    Human Composting: Good for the Environment, But Is It Kosher?

    Natural Organic Reduction — or, more colloquially, human composting — is not only legal in Washington State, but also happening, right now. People are choosing to have their remains rapidly converted into soil. How will Jewish leaders and communities respond to a practice that, on some level, is challenging to Jewish law, to centuries of burial practices, and, maybe, to people’s sensibilities?


    In this live episode, recorded as part of the 2021 Big Bold Jewish Climate Festival, we speak with Rabbi Seth Goldstein and Rabbi Adina Lewittes, two religious leaders who’ve thought deeply about human composting, the green burial movement, and what each means for Jewish communities. We discuss how the adoption of the practice may make a real difference in reducing carbon emissions and how the practice realizes important Jewish values. We get into the details of human composting works and bust some myths about death, burial, and what’s required under Jewish law.


    Note: Since we include an audience Q & A, moderated by our executive producer, Rabbi Jacob Staub, this episode is substantially longer than our typical show.


    Theme song, “Ilu Finu” by Rabbi Miriam Margles. Her album This is the Day is available for purchase at CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/miriammarglesandthehadarensemb


    Visit our home on the web — Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversions: http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org


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    Read these show notes on the web at https://evolve.fireside.fm/1




    This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org.
    Special Guests: Rabbi Adina Lewittes and Rabbi Seth Goldstein.
    Support Evolve
    Links:
    Human Composting: A Reconstructionist Rabbi’s View (Evolve essay) — Recently legalized in Washington state, human composting is a new alternative to burial and cremation. How do Reconstructionists balance tradition with innovation in this case?Recompose — Ecological Death Care — Website for alternative burial program discussed in this episodeRecompose, the first human-composting funeral home in the U.S., is now open for business | The Seattle TimesBiodegradable burial pod turns your body into a tree - CNNAmerica's First Composting Funeral Home Is Finally Open | GizmodoAlternative Kevurah Methods (PDF) - Rabbinical Assembly — Conservative movement responsum by Rabbi Jeremy KalmanofskyConcurring Opinion on "Alternative Kevurah Methods" (PDF) - Rabbinical Assembly — First concurrence to Kalmanofsky responsumConcurrence to Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky’s Paper on Alternative Modes of Burial (PDF) — Second concurrence to Kalmanofsky responsum - Rabbi Elliot Dorff

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