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.

D’rash Level

In the traditional mnemonic PaRDeSD’rash refers to is the level of interpretation and extrapolation. In the context of our Kaplanian educational resources, D’rash resources are those in which a core Kaplanian concept is made accessible through a concept or construct that carries the weight of realization of the value. Here the use of Kaplanian concepts is freer, more adaptive, and more interpretive than in the Peshat framework.

For example, the backbone of youth education in the Jewish Reconstructionist movement is the Values of Spiritual Peoplehood, which was derived from Kaplan’s observations about education in Judaism as Civilization.

Select Educational Resources* that are designed to teach a Kaplanian concept through Interpretation or Extrapolation

*Thank you to Reconstructing Judaism for graciously permitting the Kaplan Center to share these resources.

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The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

3601 Park Center Blvd., Apt 307
Minneapolis, MN 55416