Dynamic Judaism: The Essential Writings of Mordecai M. Kaplan

by Mordecai Menahem Kaplan

Book, 1985



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216 GOL


New York : Schocken Books : Reconstructionist Press, 1985.


Kaplan's concept of Judaism as an evolving religious civilization was widely influential in 20th-century American Jewish life, and his founding of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College created a new denomination. This book contains a biographical essay and excerpts from all his major works.

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LibraryThing member Michael.Bradham
Amazing insights into deep world of Judaism. Strong definitions of many movements of Judaism, including reconstructionist.

A contradiction that backed me away from this book. Kaplan writes of absorbing practices of other cultures for practice during times of leisure. Then goes on to write about
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religions of native cultures being unsophisticated. Seems different religions are sophisticated and complex in different ways. Some by way of thought, dance, spoken word, or integration with agrarian practices. I am interested to know reasons Kaplan mentioned native religions being unsophisticated.
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