Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., has been among the Reconstructionist movement’s most influential thinkers, writers and teachers over the past 50 years. Yet, on the eve of his bar mitzvah, Jacob – raised in his Orthodox home – decided that Judaism just wasn’t for him, he didn’t believe in any of it. In this special episode celebrating his career, guest host Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism, traces how Jacob went from being a secular college student, intent on pursuing a literary life, to the rabbinate. As we learn about Jacob’s embrace of Reconstructionist Judaism, his years at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College – when it was an unaccredited, startup institution – to his decades on the faculty and leadership, we learn a great deal about the development of Reconstructionist Judaism over the decades. The two friends of nearly 30 years discuss some of what is most important to them as rabbis and human beings.
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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- Episode transcript
- Evolve's tribute to Rabbi Jacob Staub
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- Shabbat excerpts from "A Guide to Jewish Practice"
- Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach
- "Asking for Help" by Rabbi Jacob Staub — How do you ask for help from a non-supernatural God?
- "Where is God in This?" by Rabbi Jacob Staub