The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

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.

Commentary on Specific Sections

Comments, Insights, Reflections on Specific Sections of Our 21st Century Vision

A central way that Jewish ideas and norms continuously evolve is through commentary. By way of example, the Mishnah, a rabbinic guide to Jewish practice, was codified in approximately 200 C.E. Over the next 300 years, rabbis studied and questioned and debated the Mishnah. Their expansive commentary, in turn, was codified. That layer of commentary is called the Gemara. Together the Mishnah and the Gemara constitute the Talmud.

After we completed our core 21st Century Kaplanian Vision of Jewish Education, we invited rabbis, educators and Kaplan scholars to reflect on the vision. We are delighted by the rich and varied comments we received pertaining to specific sections of the Vision. The commentaries differ in perspective, style and substance, but they are all access points to our unfolding exploration of a) the relevance of Kaplan to Jewish education today and b) the role of Vision in Jewish education today.

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The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

1574 Ashland Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-492-5200