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.

P’shat Level

In the traditional mnemonic PaRDeSP’shat refers to a simple, surface meaning in which materials are straight-forward, explicitly articulating what they wish to teach you. In the context of our Kaplanian educational resources, examples of P’shat resources are those that try to directly teach or apply a Kaplanian idea.

For example, structuring a curriculum in a civilizational way, layering one civilization upon the other as they trace the evolution of key Jewish ideas and practices. Another example would be explicitly teaching a non-supernatural understanding of God.

Select Educational Resources* that are designed to EXPLICITLY teach or apply Kaplanian concepts

* 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