• Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881-1983) was one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20th century.  We believe that his thought may be even more important in the 21st century.

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Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:54pm -- Mel Scult

Two books dealing with fundamental theological issues appeared in the fall of 2013, both published by Indiana University Press, my The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan and Shai Held’s   Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence.

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Tue, 01/19/2016 - 9:19pm -- Mel Scult

In the Book of Shemot [Exodus], Sinai is central.  In the story of Burning Bush, where Moses experiences his first revelation, the mountain is called har horev.  The Midrash tells us that this mountain had many names.

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Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:01pm -- Mel Scult

As Reconstructionists and followers of Kaplan who live in a naturalist universe, we often ask ourselves how a person can pray when no one is listening. For us there is no supernatural God out there who hears our prayers.

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Wed, 09/09/2015 - 6:24pm -- Mel Scult

Let us begin by remembering that the spiritual always points toward the unity of things, not their division. Judaism helps us to work from a higher perspective.

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Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:47pm -- Mel Scult

Heschel’s stock has just gone up if indeed there is still room for such movement in that direction.
 

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Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:14pm -- Mel Scult

The medieval poem [piyyut] “Today“ ["Ha-Yom"], which we sing on the High Holidays, is one of my favori

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Wed, 07/02/2014 - 8:50pm -- Mel Scult

The concept of personality stands as one of the fundamentals of Kaplan’s philosophy and as the primary underpinning of his concept of salvation.

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