• 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.

The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak

Journal of Jewish Education

Volume 80Issue 4, 2014

Special Issue:   The Legacy of Michael Rosenak, z"l

 

 

The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak: Surprising Similarities and Illuminating Differences

 

The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak: Surprising Similarities and Illuminating Differences

Jeffrey Schein & Eric Caplan

pages 388-410

  • Published online: 12 Dec 2014
  • Abstract
  • The thoughts of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak present surprising commonalities as well as illuminating differences. Similarities include the perception that Judaism and Jewish education are in crisis, the belief that Jewish peoplehood must include commitment to meaningful content, the need for teachers to teach from a position of authenticity, and the importance of developing the inner life. The differences lie primarily in their divergent understandings of what in Judaism obligates, of the importance of reckoning with the Schwabian “milieu” when educating, of the acceptable boundaries of textual interpretation, and of the need to engage with families when educating children.

For the full text, please see http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15244113.2014.965041.