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Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience in challenging times, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.
Find out more about the show at About (https://hashivenu.fireside.fm/about), and learn about our theme song at Theme Song (https://hashivenu.fireside.fm/theme-song).
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This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org (https://ReconstructingJudaism.org)

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Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience in challenging times, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.
Find out more about the show at About (https://hashivenu.fireside.fm/about), and learn about our theme song at Theme Song (https://hashivenu.fireside.fm/theme-song).
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This podcast is produced by Reconstructing Judaism. Visit us at ReconstructingJudaism.org (https://ReconstructingJudaism.org)

    S3 Ep. 12: Writing Ourselves into the Book of Life — The High Holidays and Choosing Life

    S3 Ep. 12: Writing Ourselves into the Book of Life — The High Holidays and Choosing Life

    At this extraordinary High Holiday season, so many people are experiencing losses of many kinds. We speak with Rabbi Margot Stein about the lessons she learned about resilience while navigating profound loss -- the death of her eldest son, Aryeh. We discuss the practices that sustain her, and explore how Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur invite us to choose life, in many ways, again and again.


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    Special Guest: Rabbi Margot Stein.
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    A Mother’s Memorial Meditation On Life And And Death - U’netaneh Tokef 5776 — This is a sermon delivered by Rabbi Margot Stein at Congregation Mishkan Shalom Philadelphia, PA on September 15, 2015, in honor and memory of her son Aryeh Stein-Azen, z”l.MIRAJ ~ A Capella Jewish Women's Voices for Sacred TimesHigh Holiday Materials for 2020/5781 | Reconstructing Judaism — A rich collection of creative materials for High Holidays 2020, including more than 40 pieces of original musicCouncil for Relationships - Philadelphia Area Therapy for Couples, Families and Individuals - Council for RelationshipsThe Middleton Center — An open and welcoming place, The Middleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling invites people from all and no faith backgrounds to enhance the connections between body, mind and spirit. The Middleton Center combines best practices in spiritual and psychological care with a spirit of hospitality.

    • 35 min
    S3 Ep. 11: Creativity and Counterculture

    S3 Ep. 11: Creativity and Counterculture

    Rabbi Michael Strassfeld has made a life and career at the core of Jewish counterculture, combining a deep connection with Jewish text and tradition with a passion for creative experimentation with new, accessible and relevant forms of Jewish community and practice. In our conversation, we discuss his experiences as a founder of the havurah movement, co-creator of the groundbreaking Jewish Catalog series, and rabbi of the SAJ. Toward the end of our conversation we turn to the Jewish future, reflecting on the opportunities presented by digital culture and on new paradigms for Jewish prayer.


    While this episode was recorded before the Coronavirus pandemic, the theme of disruption as an opportunity for Jewish creativity speaks to our current moment. As we release this episode, Reconstructing Judaism has released newly-reinterpreted High Holiday liturgy created by a committee chaired by Rabbi Strassfeld. You can find it under "New Liturgy" at https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/highholidays2020.


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    Special Guest: Rabbi Michael Strassfeld.
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    Michael StrassfeldNew Liturgy for High Holidays 2020 — Creative High Holiday liturgy for remote services, crafted by a committee chaired by Rabbi Strassfeld. Click on "New Liturgy" on this page to find it. The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit (Amazon link)The Second Jewish Catalog: Sources and Resources (Amazon link)The Third Jewish Catalog: Creating Community (Amazon link)The Jewish Holidays (Amazon link)A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice (Amazon link)Reconstructing Jewish Communities: A Learning Module | Reconstructing Judaism — On the opening night of the Reconstructing Judaism conference in November of 2018, an extraordinary panel of rabbis reflected on a crucial question: how do we reconstruct Jewish communities in this time and place, to meet tomorrow’s challenges?Prayer for the Shabbat after Pittsburgh -- Jewish RitualHavurat ShalomAnsche Chesed — History — "Happily, the late 1970s and the Chavurah movement, in which small groups of like-minded Jews created autonomous, egalitarian and lay-led minyanim, brought new life and vigor to Jewish communal life and to Ansche Chesed…"National Havurah Committee — The National Havurah Committee (NHC) was founded in 1980 to facilitate the activities of fellowships known as havurot and to spread havurah values and enthusiasm to the larger Jewish community, thereby serving as a model for revitalizing Jewish living and learning in North America.The Jewish Counterculture in the Michael Strassfeld papers | Special Collections Cataloging at Penn — The Michael Strassfeld papers, 1901-2015 (bulk: 1968-2015), which came to Penn in 2015, are now processed and open for research. Theycontain the records of the his education and life’s work. Represented are elements of his Orthodox upbringing, traditional Jewish education, influence of the Jewish anti-establishment and countercultural movements, and his training and practice as a Reconstructionist Rabbi.

    • 40 min
    S3 Ep. 10: Moments of Wholeness

    S3 Ep. 10: Moments of Wholeness

    When our world falls apart, what sustains us? We recorded this conversation with Rabbi Shira Stutman, senior rabbi at 6th and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C, in early April 2020 — shortly after coronavirus response had brought face-to-face communal gatherings, and indeed most people's social lives, to a screeching halt. Speaking at a time of profound global dislocation that affected our most personal connections, we discussed the challenges we faced, the adaptations we and our institutions were beginning to make, and the unexpected insights we'd glimpsed into what is truly essential, insights that continue to resonate months later.


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    Special Guest: Rabbi Shira Stutman.
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    Pandemic | Lynn Ungar — What if you thought of it
    as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
    the most sacred of times?
    Cease from travel.
    Cease from buying and selling.
    Give up, just for now,
    on trying to make the world
    different than it is.
    Sing. Pray. Touch only those
    to whom you commit your life.
    Center down.Sixth & I - Historic synagogue in downtown Washington, DCCoronavirus resources from RitualwellA Virtual Shabbat Box: To Celebrate and Renew All of Your Senses | Reconstructing JudaismVirtual Passover Box | Reconstructing JudaismA Virtual Shavuot Box | Reconstructing JudaismRecon Connect | Reconstructing JudaismJewish Values and the Coronavirus | Reconstructing JudaismA Man Doesn't Have Time In His Life by Yehuda Amichai - Famous poems, famous poets. - All Poetry#TrendingJewish 16: The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is — Rabbi Shira Stutman talks about learning from failure, and how Jewish organizations must take risks to change and grow. Rabbi Stutman discusses how Sixth & I was both inspired by, and a departure from, Mordecai Kaplan’s vision of a synagogue center.

    • 37 min
    S3 Ep. 9: The Power of Ritual

    S3 Ep. 9: The Power of Ritual

    Is Harry Potter a sacred text? According to our guest, Casper ter Kuile, Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and the co-founder of the Sacred Design Lab, it is if you bring that approach to the series. His study of the ways in which people find meaning through text, community, and tradition has opened up vibrant conversations that break down the walls of "religious" and "secular" by illuminating the human experiences that unite them. In his new book, The Power of Ritual, he explores the ways that ritual -- even when nominally secular -- can help us build community, find meaning, and connect our past with our future.


    This conversation was recorded in late March of 2020.


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    Special Guest: Casper ter Kuile.
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    The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices (Amazon) — Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose—a message we need more than ever for our spiritual and emotional well-being in the age of COVID-19.Read the Introduction of The Power of RitualInsights - Sacred Design Lab — The structures of community and spirituality are rapidly changing. Learn about the innovative ideas, creative solutions, and emerging trends that are shaping our culture. (Contains links to PDF monographs: Design for the Human Soul, How We Gather, Care of Souls, Something More, Faithful, and more.)How We Gather (PDF)Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (Website) — Reading Fiction Doesn’t Help Us Escape The World, It Helps Us Live In It‎Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (Apple Podcasts) — It’s the English class you didn't know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn't know you craved. Join Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile as they bring thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives

    • 42 min
    S3 Ep. 8: Whole-Body Judaism

    S3 Ep. 8: Whole-Body Judaism

    Yoshi Silverstein’s passions — which include Jewish outdoor and environmental education, as well as fitness and movement — each strive toward creative embodied Jewish practice. We explore how these approaches can contribute to a resilient Jewish community, and conclude by applying them to the upcoming holiday of Shavuot: how might they help us experience revelation and gratitude in the midst of an uncertain future?


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    Special Guest: Yoshi Silverstein.
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    Mitsui Collective – Resilient. Together. — Building resilient community around nature & wellness, embodied Jewish practice, and multiracial justice.About – Yoshi SilversteinOverview - Hazon — JOFEE stands for Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education. These experiences connect  people to Judaism, community, and the natural world through hands-on, thoughtful and engaging Jewish content across different ages, Jewish backgrounds, and religious approaches. EDOT – עדוֹת-המידווסט The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative – UW–Madison — Edot HaMidwest: The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative (“Edot”) is a set of partnerships and activities focused on affirming Jewish racial and ethnic diversity across communities in the Midwest region. Supporting the leadership of Jewish People of Color (JOC’s) is our driver for change.ShavuotShavuot resources at ReconstructingJudaism.orgCelebrating the Seven Days of Shavuot: A Journey of Revelation and Relationship (From Evolve) — Let’s expand our observance of Shavuot—affirming our relationship with the Earth and our commitment to deepening our relationship with all people.Revelation Can Be Terrifying (from Evolve) — The Bible’s description of the shuddering of the people at Mount Sinai reflects a deep truth about how moments of revelatory insight can be frightening.

    • 31 min
    S3 Ep. 7: Including Everyone

    S3 Ep. 7: Including Everyone

    It's a fundamental Jewish belief that all human beings are created in the divine image. But society all too often treats those with disabilities as second-class citizens. In our conversation with Jay Ruderman, we discuss his family foundation's work to advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities, both within the Jewish community and in society at large. We also delve into the dangers posed by the current pandemic to those with disabilities, as well as the opportunities this moment offers to affirm our deepest values by treating every person with concern and care.


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    Special Guest: Jay Ruderman.
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    Ruderman Family Foundation — The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community. Guided by our Jewish values, we advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society; strengthen the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish Community; and model the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide. We operate as a non-partisan strategic catalyst in cooperation with government, private sectors, civil society, and philanthropies.LINK20 — LINK20 is a global social movement led by a network of young activists, with and without disabilities. Our goal is to raise awareness on the right of people with disabilities to be fully included in our society and strengthen young activist’s leadership skills and influence in promoting inclusion and social justice.Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project | Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston — The Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP) is a partnership between CJP and the Ruderman Family Foundation that supports synagogues in creating communities where people of all abilities are valued equally and participate fully.Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, by Timothy Shriver (Amazon link)Reconstructionist Communities Make Disability Inclusion a Top Priority | Reconstructing JudaismWhat Does it Mean to be a Leader? Inspiration from Jewish Disability Advocacy Day | Jewish Week — Column by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., on Judaism and disability

    • 37 min

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36 Ratings

EyeRollDave ,

Great Podcast

Just listened to the Daniel Jackson episode. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to listening every month.

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Love it

I work in government public health on preventing childhood adversity and trauma and fostering resilience. This and other podcasts are helping me understand and value all the tools in my Jewish tradition for building community and individual resilience.

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Look forward to every episode

Fun, uplifting, educational!

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