• 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.

Select Jewish Educational Resources that are Kaplanian at the Remez Level

Remez רֶמֶז literally means "hints." In the traditional mnemonic PaRDeS, the Remez רֶמֶז level refers to what is hinted at or embedded within a text rather than considering only what is explicit.

In the context of our Kaplanian educational resources, examples of Remez רֶמֶז resources are those in which a Kaplanian idea or value is buried beneath or totally and seamlessly integrated. The North American Jewish community has internalized Kaplanian ideas to such an extent that we encounter them in educational materials that do not necessarily or expressly understand themselves as Kaplanian. The very fact that they are integrated into other conversations without specific identification reinforces the way in which these Kaplanian trope are simply part of the contemporary Jewish community, already modified by numerous other influences and part of the fabric of contemporary Jewish life. Whatever Kaplanian trace Remez רֶמֶז is present must be searched as it is so thoroughly part of a new fabric.


Select Educational Resources* in which Kaplanian concepts



Asking Reconstructionist Questions of Non-Reconstructionist Materials by Rabbi Julie Greenberg

Jewish Identity Buffet by Dr. Bethamie Horowitz

Kashrut: A Ritual Decision Which is Not Easy by Shelly Melzer and Dr. Jeffrey Schein

In God's Name by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso



Explore additional Kaplanian Educational Resources here


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

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.