• 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.


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


Question 3 -- Kaplan and Heschel. 


Interview with Shai Held:

Question 1 -- Misconceptions about Heschel. 


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


Question 3 -- Heschel and Kaplan.


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