crissonastick replied to your post “are you ever at a jew study thingy and just think i am just way too…”
*emerges from the shadows of hiatus to ask what reconstructionism(?) is*
HI DARLING, HOW GOES YOUR HIATUS, and also this is a lovely question that i will definitely not do justice to but i will try!
reconstructionism (yes, you got it right) is the sect of judaism that i belong to/identify with. basically, like pretty much every other religion out there, judaism has lots of different flavors, and all of them mean something a little different. jews who are not reconstructionist may be modern orthodox or reform or conservative or renewal or haradi or humanist or non-sectarian or a myriad other labels i’m not even going to attempt to fully list. (note: these sects differ from other jewish identifiers. for example, if a jew tells you that she is ashkenazi or sephardic or mizrahi, this refers to their geographical ancestry; these categories tell you nothing about what denomination they belong to).
reconstructionism was founded in the ‘20s by a dude named mordechi kaplan. it’s one of the most recent jewish sects, and the only major sect to be founded in america (this part is really important for me because my american and my jewish identity are inextricably connected, and reconstructionism allows lots of room to explore that). it differs from other jewish sects in a couple of large and small ways, including