• 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.

Kaplan and Heschel

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.  The journalist and writer Shmuel Rosner interviewed us both by e-mail.  Our responses to his provocative and challenging questions were published on JewishJournal.com.  They can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Many thanks to Shmuel Rosner for conducting these interviews. 

Interview with Mel Scult:

Question 1 -- Kaplan’s radicalism and his excommunication.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/the_kaplan_exchange_part_1_americas_first_excommunicated_rabbi

Question 2 -- The relationship between Kaplan and Emerson and the issue of a Christian’s being so prominent in Kaplan’s philosophy.   

http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/the_kaplan_exchange_part_2_emerson_and_the_jewish_prayer_book

Question 3 -- Kaplan and Heschel. 

http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/the_kaplan_exchange_part_3_on_kaplan_and_heschel

Interview with Shai Held:

Question 1 -- Misconceptions about Heschel. 

http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/the_heschel_exchange_part_1_a_great_jewish_thinker_who_was_a_victim_of_his

Question 2 -- The issue of whether the appeal of Heschel’s thought relies on the assumption that people agree with his traditional theology. 

http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/the_heschel_exchange_part_2_on_the_rabbis_provocative_rhetoric

Question 3 -- Heschel and Kaplan.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/the_heschel_exchange_part_3_on_kaplan_and_the_god_of_the_bible

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