• Rabbi Jacob Staub is the director of Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations. He is Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he directs the Program in Jewish Spiritual Direction. He served as editor of The Reconstructionist 1983-89. He co-authored with Rebecca Alpert Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach.

Jewish Theologies and Spiritual Direction

From Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources, edited by Howard A. Addison and Barbara Eve Breitman (Jewish Lights, 2006) Is the practice of Spiritual Direction authentically Jewish?  The question arises because the...

Preparing for Psalm 27

One thing I ask.[1] And another thing: let my thyroid, please, function with sufficient vigor, lest days drift by without focus.  And if I catch the flu this winter, may it not become bronchitis.  Night coughing and codeine keep me groggy all day long, and...

All Souls

Come, my beloved, let’s greet the source of blessing.[1] I recognized you during the fifth stanza. Your neck flushed red, and the hairs on mine tingled as I heard your voice distinct above the effervescent chorus singing, “Arouse yourself!  Arouse!” I’d been...

First Rung

Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come.[1] You should have known.  The ladder can be ascended by the wounded.  You who had seen the intersection of heaven and earth could not discern: your heirs were not prisoners of your...

Justice Work is a Mitzvah

Justice Work is a Mitzvah

How do we work to make things better? This interpretation of the morning Shaharit offers a way in: to act in spiritual alignment with creation for a more equitable and just world.

A Reconstructionist View on Patrilineal Descent

A Reconstructionist View on Patrilineal Descent

In this piece from 2001, Rabbi Jacob Staub wrestles with the arguments around inclusion of patrilineal Jews, and explains why the inclusion and celebration of patrilineal Jews are crucial to the Jewish future.

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