Dynamic Judaism: The Essential Writings of Mordecai M. Kaplan

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Fordham Univ Press, 1985 - Religion - 263 pages
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Mordecai M. Kaplan began his life's journey with the confines of a small Lithuanian town on the outskirts of Vilna. He was born on a Friday evening in June of 1881. Kaplan's submergence in a total Jewish atmosphere is illustrated by the fact that he knew his day of birth only by the Jewish calendar until he went to the New York Public Library as a young man to look up the corresponding date. Kaplan's family was a traditional one in every aspect, and his father, Israel Kaplan, was a learned man.
 

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The late Mordecai M. Kaplan was the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, the fourth branch of contemporary American Judaism. Reconstructionism eschews belief in a supernatural deity but stresses the ... Read full review

Contents

The Modern Predicament
31
Jewish Peoplehood
51
The Quest for the Divine
67
Torah in Our Day
87
Interpreting the Torah the Prophets and the Rabbis
107
Interpreting Medieval and Modern Judaism
139
Judaism and Community in America
157
Ethics
171
Jewish Education
199
Worship and Ritual
213
Reconstructionist Judaism
229
Bibliography
244
Index
251
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Emanuel S. Goldsmith is Professor of Yiddish and Jewish Studies at Queens College, CUNY. Mel Scult is Professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

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