By Jeffrey Gurock, Jacob Schacter
Mordecai Kaplan, the founding father of the Reconstructionist flow, was once the main influential and arguable radical Jewish philosopher within the 20th century. This booklet examines the highbrow affects that moved Kaplan from Orthodoxy and analyzes the mix of non-public, strategic, and profession purposes that saved Kaplan with regards to Orthodox Jews, posing a query the most important to the knowledge of any faith: Can a longtime spiritual crew study from a heretic who has rejected its so much primary ideals?
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Indeed, one wonders whether Peikes was standing in the anteroom, calculating his support and awaiting the decision. In all events, it was soon made clear that the majority of Kehilath Jeshurun’s membership wanted a new spiritual leader. ”30 Twelve days later, however, Kehilath Jeshurun members made it clear that they did not want to wait for that time to elapse before removing the old-timer from the pulpit.
At Gurock CH 2 10/16/96 8:13 AM Page 24 • TRAINING AT THE SEMINARY that auspicious moment this rabbi’s son stated to his proud audience that the reason given in the Talmud for the tefillin having turned into the wings of a dove is that the dove is the emblem of the Jewish People, as the eagle is of other peoples. Moreover as the dove is able to use its wings in a way that saves it from its enemies so does the Jewish People use its mitzvot as a means of saving its life. 26 Those in the congregational family and the Kaplans’ social circle who saw real value in the seminary were reassured that their faith was well placed.
There is no doubt,” he wrote in , “as to the deeply religious character which the rites and ceremonies had for our fathers. ” He was convinced that modern Jews now recognized “that rites and ceremonies are of human origin . . , Orthodoxy] . . so blind and stupid sometimes that we do not realize what is going on before us . . ” He scoffed at the idea that traditional prayers can remain unaltered and their outdated statements explained away as somehow speaking to contemporary experiences.
A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community by Jeffrey Gurock, Jacob Schacter