Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century: A Biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan

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Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century is the first critical examination of the early life of Mordecai Caplet—the sources of his inspiration, the evolution of his thought as a ... religious ideologue, and his inner struggles. Kaplan is perhaps the most important Jewish thinker to appear on the American scene in the last one hundred years. Arriving in the United States as a boy, growing up in New York City, becoming thoroughly Americanized, he struggled to find ways of making Judaism compatible with the American experience and the modern temper. Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century returns to the freshness of Kaplan's earliest formulations and concludes with the publication of Judaism as a Civilization in 1934. Based on a mass of unpublished letters, sermons, and a twenty-seven volume journal, this richly textured biography reappraises Kaplan's significance and offers an original and intimate look at the man, his mind, and his work. Read more Show Less

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Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century is the first critical examination of the early life of Mordecai Caplet—the sources of his inspiration, the evolution of his thought as a religious ideologue, and his inner struggles.

Kaplan is perhaps the most important Jewish thinker to appear on the American scene in the last one hundred years. Arriving in the United States as a boy, growing up in New York City, becoming thoroughly Americanized, he struggled to find ways of making Judaism compatible with the American experience and the modern temper.

Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century returns to the freshness of Kaplan's earliest formulations and concludes with the publication of Judaism as a Civilization in 1934. Based on a mass of unpublished letters, sermons, and a twenty-seven volume journal, this richly textured biography reappraises Kaplan's significance and offers an original and intimate look at the man, his mind, and his work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Son of a Lithuanian rabbi who emigrated with his family to New York in 1889, Mordecai Kaplan 1881-1983 struggled to find ways to make Judaism compatible with the American experience and modern thought. Viewing Judaism as a ``living civilization'' rather than merely as a religion, Kaplan, a rabbi, sociological thinker and teacher, founded the Reconstructionist movement, an alternative to the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox branches of Judasim. In this rich study of a major Jewish thinker, Scult, a professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, limns a self-doubting, workaholic, demanding idealist whose ideas still provoke controversy. Kaplan characterized God as the ``cosmic life urge'' which displayed itself in human strivings for justice and freedom. He interpreted Jewish rituals and commandments as customs and folkways that helped the Jews in their efforts to lead an ethical life. Photos. Sept.
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Kaplan, who died in 1983 at the age of 102, arrived in America as a boy, and, as he grew, sought to find ways of making Judaism compatible with the American experience and the modern temper. He founded the Jewish Center and the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, establishing the prototypes for the modern expanded synagogue. This biography reappraises the significance of his contributions and offers an intimate look at the man and his thinking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814322802
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: American Jewish Civilization Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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Mel Scult is a professor emeritus of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College and a professor emeritus of history at City University of New York, Graduate Center.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations 11
Preface 13
Acknowledgments 17
1 From Motl to Maurice to Mordecai 19
2 Beginnings: Graduate School and the First Pulpit 52
3 Mixed Emotions: Felix Adler and Moshe Sebulun Margolies 77
4 The Public Arena: Schechter and Benderly 99
5 Into the Community: The 92nd Street Y and Collective Consciousness 127
6 The Quest for Community: The Jewish Center 154
7 A New Denomination: The Society for Jewish Renascence 179
8 The World as Classroom: The Jewish Theological Seminary 203
9 Torah and Salvation: Interpreting the Bible 240
10 The Centrality of Ethics: The Society for the Advancement of Judaism 254
11 Spiritualized Intelligence: Living and Praying at the SAJ 280
12 Religious Nationalism: Weizmann and the Zionist Organization of America 308
13 The Climax: Judaism as a Civilization and After 338
Conclusion 365
Sources 371
Notes 375
Index 423
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