This methodological contribution of Reconstructionism to the Torah process, a civilizational, functional view of tradition, has been a major driving force in Reconstructionist Jewish life and creativity.
Finally, a Reconstructionist Torah process explicitly learns from contemporary, non-Jewish wisdom and values.
The Reconstructionist analytical framework, based on the insight that Judaism is a civilization, means that we view Jewish forms of practice and texts as Jewish symbols or vehicles for often universal values and norms.
Each civilization is defined by specifics that are unique, and it needs them in order to make abstract values tangible and compelling.
Indeed, to call a decision Jewish implies engagement with Jewish text.
Over the course of Jewish history since before the Common Era, the Torah process has provided a common thread in all times and places. In previous generations, that fact was sometimes downplayed in favor of the myth of an unchanging Torah that “Moses received at Sinai and passed on to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders,” and so on.
A core technique used in rabbinic literature (the Talmud in particular) is an analysis of the salient features that distinguish different situations.
Our study can help us deal with the complex nature of our world by alerting us to the salient features in our situation and helping us to analyze cases more carefully and fully.
Torah is more than the Five Books of Moses; it is the name Jews give to the process of discovering a godly way of living.
Torah is a process involving a constant interplay between thought and action.