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Judaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life

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“...This classic work is widely considered the genesis of the Reconstructionist Movement, and remains one of the most original and stimulating contributions to modern Jewish thought.”— International Journal of Jewish Education Research

Judaism as a Civilization is widely considered the genesis of the Reconstructionist Movement, representing a watershed moment in modern Judaism. In this classic book, Mordecai Kaplan introduced a new way of looking at Judaism: as an evolving religious civilization. His approach ...

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Overview

“...This classic work is widely considered the genesis of the Reconstructionist Movement, and remains one of the most original and stimulating contributions to modern Jewish thought.”— International Journal of Jewish Education Research

Judaism as a Civilization is widely considered the genesis of the Reconstructionist Movement, representing a watershed moment in modern Judaism. In this classic book, Mordecai Kaplan introduced a new way of looking at Judaism: as an evolving religious civilization. His approach required innovation in liturgy and ritual, elimination of obsolete customs, and adjustment in light of prevailing social, political, and cultural conditions. Kaplan felt that all Jews—traditional and liberal, religious and secular—could play a part in this; “reconstruction.”; Judaism as a Civilization, first published in 1934, remains one of the most original and thought-provoking contributions to modern Jewish thought.

 

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International Journal of Jewish Education Research

"This classic work is widely considered the genesis of the Reconstructionist Movement, and remains one of the most original and stimulating contributions to modern Jewish thought."—International Journal of Jewish Education Research
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827609181
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 928,131
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Judaism as a Civilization at 75 Mel Scult i

Kaplan's Judaism at Sixty: A Reappraisal Arnold Eisen xi

Preface to the 1967 Edition xxv

Preface to the 1957 Edition xxvii

Preface to the 1934 Edition xxix

Introduction to the 1981 Edition Arthur Hertzberg xxxiii

Introductory

I The Present Crisis in Judaism 3

Part 1 The Factors in the Crisis

A The Factors of Disintegration

II The Modern Political Order 19

III The Modern Economic Order 28

IV The Modern Ideology 36

B The Factors of Conservation

V Inherent Factor of Conservation 47

VI Environmental Factors of Conservation 70

C The Decisive Factor

VII Needed: A Program of Reconstruction 80

Part 2 The Current Versions of Judaism

VIII The Reformist Version of Judaism 91

IX Critique of the Reformist Version of Judaism 108

X Conservative Judaism (Right Wing of Reformism) 126

XI The Neo-Orthodox Version of Judaism 133

XII Critique of Neo-Orthodoxy 151

XIII Conservative Judaism (Left Wing of Neo-Orthodoxy) 160

Part 3 The Proposed Version of Judaism

XIV Judaism as a Civilization 173

XV Constituent Elements of Judaism as a Civilization 186

XVI Implications of the Proposed Version of Judaism 209

Part 4 Israel. The Status and Organization of Jewry

XVII The Nationhood of Israel 227

XVIII Nationalism as a Cultural Concept 242

XIX Cultural Nationalism as the Call of the Spirit 253

XX The Land of Israel 264

XXI Jewish Communal Organization 280

Part 5 God. The Development of the Jewish Religion

XXII Introductory. The Need for Reorientation to the Problem of Religion 303

XXIII The Place of Religion in Jewish Life 311

XXIV The Folk Aspect of the Jewish Religion 332

XXV The Past Stages of the Jewish Religion 350

XXVI The Functional Method of Interpretation 385

Part 6 Torah. Judaism as a Way of Life for the American Jew

XXVII Introductory. Torah as a Way of Life 409

XXVIII Jewish Milieu 416

XXIX Jewish Folkways 431

XXX Jewish Ethics 460

XXXI The Meaning of Jewish Education in America 479

Conclusion

XXXII Creative Judaism-A Program 511

Notes 523

Index 555

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