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Communings of the Spirit: 1913-1934 v. 1: The Journals of Mordecai M.Kaplan (Hardback)

Mordecai M. Kaplan

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ISBN 10: 0814325750 / ISBN 13: 9780814325759
Edité par Wayne State University Press, United States, 2001
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881-1983), founder of Reconstructionism, was a pre-eminent American Jewish thinker and rabbi. His life embodies the American Jewish experience of the first half of the 20th century. With passionate intensity and uncommon candour, Kaplan compulsively recorded his experience in his journal (some 10,000 pages). He confided his personal involvements with prominent Jewish leaders such as Chaim Weizmann, Solomon Schechter and Louis Brandeis, and his impressions of key Jewish historical moments such as the founding of the Hebrew University in 1925. We see him wrestling with his concept of God and the problem of evil. In his journal he railed against the pettiness of his congregants and the difficulties of institutional life. But above all he was obsessed by the need to modernize Judaism s traditional religious categories in order to save the Jewish people. His ideal was a functional Judaism that would flourish in an American democratic society. Twenty-seven volumes long, this diary was previously available only to scholars. This first volume of Communings of the Spirit covers Kaplan s early years as a rabbi, teacher of rabbis and community leader. Kaplan, who trained rabbis for half a century, gives us an inside picture of life at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the centre of Conservative Judaism in America. He records his masterful weekly sermons, which were attended regularly by his students. With unflinching candour, he reveals his successes and failures, uncertainties and self-doubts. Undeterred by attacks on his radical beliefs, he never wavered in the pursuit of a more dynamic Judaism. Communings of the Spirit is a very human document that should interest scholars and students of American Jewish history and culture, as well as the general reader interested in the evolution of Judaism in America. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780814325759

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Titre : Communings of the Spirit: 1913-1934 v. 1: ...

Éditeur : Wayne State University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2001

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881-1983), founder of Reconstructionism, was a pre-eminent American Jewish thinker and rabbi. His life embodies the American Jewish experience of the first half of the 20th century. With passionate intensity and uncommon candour, Kaplan compulsively recorded his experience in his journal (some 10,000 pages). He confided his personal involvements with prominent Jewish leaders such as Chaim Weizmann, Solomon Schechter and Louis Brandeis, and his impressions of key Jewish historical moments such as the founding of the Hebrew University in 1925. We see him wrestling with his concept of God and the problem of evil. In his journal he railed against the pettiness of his congregants and the difficulties of institutional life. But above all he was obsessed by the need to modernize Judaism's traditional religious categories in order to save the Jewish people. His ideal was a functional Judaism that would flourish in an American democratic society. Twenty-seven volumes long, this diary was previously available only to scholars. This first volume of "Communings of the Spirit" covers Kaplan's early years as a rabbi, teacher of rabbis and community leader. Kaplan, who trained rabbis for half a century, gives us an inside picture of life at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the centre of Conservative Judaism in America. He records his masterful weekly sermons, which were attended regularly by his students. With unflinching candour, he reveals his successes and failures, uncertainties and self-doubts. Undeterred by attacks on his radical beliefs, he never wavered in the pursuit of a more dynamic Judaism. "Communings of the Spirit" is a very human document that should interest scholars and students of American Jewish history and culture, as well as the general reader interested in the evolution of Judaism in America.

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"The longer the period during which I fail to record my experience the harder I find it to resume the practice. But I must keep up this diary. It is the only evidence I have that I have existed. I need it to counteract the feeling of blankness with which I am often seized. My past is as though it was not so that I feel forced to turn to the pages of the diary to convince myself that I have lived. I sometimes feel that we don't have to die to know what death is - in fact, it is then that we don't know. The time that we know it is when we are alive and we try to keep our own past from dying; yet no matter what we do it dies on our hands."

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