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Kaplan’s Legacy

  • Personal Prelude Like many of our readers, I struggle to make sense of the events occurring on and after October 7th. Perspective is almost impossible to gain. I wake up daily hoping to hear that all the captives of Zion have been returned.  I try to make sense of the absolute evil that came with…

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  • Israel Talmud Page

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  • Israel Talmud Page

    Additional Commentaries From Rabbi Bob Gluck Givat Haviva, Israel and a vision of a shared society, in light of Mordecai Kaplan’s teachings.Maybe it is precisely during times when peace between Jews and Palestinians seems most distant and unattainable that it is most essential for us to maintain a long view. As difficult as this may…

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  • Jerusalem Post  Opinion Summer 2023 By Ilan Chaim ‘Man is not free to choose between having or not having ideals, but he is free to choose between different kinds of ideals….” – Erich Fromm In this summer of noisily clashing ideologies in the background, a group of rabbis met quietly in Jerusalem to honor the…

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  • Creative Judaism

    For those wanting to grasp “what all the excitement was about” when Judaism As A Civilization appeared, Creative Judaism was a quick and easy way into the discussion.

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  • From Ira, I learned that Judaism is not an abstract idea, that religion does not exist in a vacuum, that religion is as religion does. Judaism begins with the Jewish people; religion is a human, social reality, one in which “Belonging precedes Believing” If we want to help Jews love and practice their heritage, we…

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  • In this piece, Jeffrey remembers a moment in which Ira helped him gain perspective on criticisms of his student rabbinate: “Ira and I talked at great length. Near the end of the conversation, Ira got a glint in his eye and a wry smile formed as he said:

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  • Ira Eisenstein Portal

    From Synagogue to Movement: Remembering Rabbi Ira Eisenstein A recording of reflections on Rabbi Eisenstein’s contributions that the SAJ (now known as Judaism That Stands for All) hosted as part of its centenary celebration.

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  • Talmud (study) consists of the Mishnah (original text or law) and Gemara, completion of the text. We emphasize the term Talmud (study) because it indicates that Mishnah and Gemara are part of a larger process of expansion of meaning that is fostered by sacred argument. In this selection, Mordechai Kaplan provides the original Mishnah and…

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  • Talmud (study) consists of the Mishnah (original text or law) and gemara, completion of the text. We emphasize the term Talmud (study) because it indicates that Mishnah and Gemara are part of a larger process of expansion of meaning that is fostered by sacred argument. In this selection, Mordecai Kaplan provides the original Mishnah and…

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