The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan (Hardcover)
 
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The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan (Hardcover)

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    Mordecai M. Kaplan, founder of the Jewish Reconstructionist movement, is the only rabbi to have been excommunicated by the Orthodox rabbinical establishment in America. Kaplan was indeed a heretic, rejecting such fundamental Jewish beliefs as the co......more

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Mordecai M. Kaplan, founder of the Jewish Reconstructionist movement, is the only rabbi to have been excommunicated by the Orthodox rabbinical establishment in America. Kaplan was indeed a heretic, rejecting such fundamental Jewish beliefs as the concept of the chosen people and a supernatural God. Although he valued the Jewish community and was a committed Zionist, his primary concern was the spiritual fulfillment of the individual. Drawing on Kaplan's 27-volume diary, Mel Scult describes the development of Kaplan's radical theology in dialogue with the thinkers and writers who mattered to him most, from Spinoza to Emerson and from Ahad Ha-Am and Matthew Arnold to Felix Adler, John Dewey, and Abraham Joshua Heschel. This gracefully argued book, with its sensitive insights into the beliefs of a revolutionary Jewish thinker, makes a powerful contribution to modern Judaism and to contemporary American religious thought.

Mel Scult is Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a member of the history faculty at the CUNY Graduate School. He is author of Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century: A Biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan and editor of Communings of the Spirit: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, Volume 1: 1913-1934.

Author:
Scult, Mel
Series Title:
The Modern Jewish Experience
Genre:
RELIGION / Judaism / Theology
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
336
Language:
English
Publisher:
Indiana Univ Pr
Publish Date:
11/15/2013
Copyright Year:
2014
ISBN:
9780253010759
Height:
9.5 in
Wdth:
6.5 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
1.38 lb
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