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by Jeffrey Gurock,Jacob Schacter


by Jeffrey Gurock (Author), Jacob Schacter (Author). More than a biography, A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community is also a social history of American Orthodoxy and of American Judaism over the last century.

by Jeffrey Gurock (Author), Jacob Schacter (Author).

Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of the Reconstructionist movement, was the most influential and controversial radical Jewish thinker in the twentieth century. This book examines the intellectual influences that moved Kaplan from Orthodoxy and analyzes the combination of personal, strategic, and career reasons that kept Kaplan close to Orthodox Jews, posing a question crucial to the understanding of any religion: Can an established religious group learn from a heretic who has rejected its most fundamental beliefs?

Jeffrey S. Gurock, Jacob J. Schacter. Mordecai M. Kaplan, the founder of the Reconstructionist movement, was the most influential and controversial radical Jewish thinker in the 20th century.

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Though Gurock and Schacter admirably lay out the historical record, I find several problems with their .

Though Gurock and Schacter admirably lay out the historical record, I find several problems with their pre-sentation. For one thing, there is no thesis in this book, no overarching question that the authors will be answer-ing with their book.

"A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American . Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American Judaism. American Jewish History, vol. 87, no. 4, 1999, pp. 404–408. "A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. gurock and jacob j. Columbia university press. Gurock FM. 10/22/96 1:46 PM. Page i. A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community. As a biography of a modern heretic, this book reveals not only when Kaplan’s own thinking, studying, and emotions moved him away from Orthodoxy but also identifies the fears, interests, and concerns that constrained him from immediately articulating his views and publicly projecting their implications.

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Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of the Reconstructionist movement, was the most influential and controversial radical Jewish thinker in the twentieth century. This book examines the intellectual influences that moved Kaplan from Orthodoxy and analyzes the combination of personal, strategic, and career reasons that kept Kaplan close to Orthodox Jews, posing a question crucial to the understanding of any religion: Can an established religious group learn from a heretic who has rejected its most fundamental beliefs?

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I'm one of those people who much prefer reading primary sources rather than secondary. I have not found many books on Kaplan to be nearly as illuminating as Kaplan himself. But this book blew me away. This is an extraordinarily well written, concise, well-researched, funny, and thoughtful book on Kaplan's life as an Orthodox rabbi at the same time as he was the gadfly of the Jewish Theological Seminary. If one wants to understand someone's philosophy, watch how they live, and in this, Kaplan's philosophy is shed in a very different light than the prescriptions found in his books.

Highly recommended. Great read for anyone interested in American Judaism, American Orthodoxy, Mordecai Kaplan, or even just the relationship between thinkers and their lives. A great tale.
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This is a very well written eye-opening book about Mordechai Kaplan. It sets forth very clearly how he became a heretic, but it does more. It also spells out equally clearly how he was a HYPOCRITICAL heretic for many years, serving as the rabbi of two of the most prominent Orthodox synagogues in New York, and therefore in the world, through 1922, while openly espousing anti-Orthodox "heretical" views. The authors of this book make it clear that Kaplan was such an impressive and persuasive speaker that he could pull off what would seem like such a fraud openly and still get away with it for so long. It is hard to imagine how a person could be so impressive and persuasive a speaker as to be able to accomplish this feat, although it is possible that the lack of sophistication of many of his listeners may have contributed to Kaplan's success, coupled with the inability of many immigrants to fully understand at least some of the nuances in his often carefully disguised presentations. The authors describe Kaplan's "nemesis," Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, as the only person of note to publicly and repeatedly attempt to call the attention of the public to the significance of Kaplan's views from the perspective of Orthodox Judaism, even to the point of engaging Kaplan in a public debate in the pulpit Kaplan had occupied and in which Goldstein had succeeded him. I had the privilege to write a whole book about Rabbi Goldstein, The Maverick Rabbi, which is cited in A Modern Heretic, and which provides further evidence in support of some of their theses. Since this mini-review is about the book about Kaplan and not about Goldstein, I wish to highlight here the context presented by the authors of A Modern Heretic for a famous quote by Kaplan about Goldstein. The authors wrote "Kaplan saw in Goldstein `the embodiment of all that I hate in narrowminded and bigoted Orthodoxy.'" But people who cite this quote often fail to cite the context that follows immediately in A Modern Heretic: "Simply explained, the widely trained Goldstein had become the type of American Orthodox rabbi Kaplan had once been but clearly was no more." Actually, in Kaplan's youth, he was far more "bigoted" and extreme than Goldstein ever was. According to A Modern Heretic, Kaplan at one point argued that "New York's young Torah scholars should study the traditional texts in Yiddish like the Russian Yeshiva boys did.... [W]hen he once encountered his Etz Chaim classmates speaking English in the... Eldridge Street Synagogue... `I would plant myself in front of them and denounce them for acting so goyishly.'" A Modern Heretic also punches holes into the widely disseminated misconception that at least Kaplan demonstrated kibud av (the mitzvah of honoring one's father) by refraining from revealing his heresy publicly until after his traditional father died. Yet it is clear that Kaplan's heretical statements were made openly even while he was occupying the pulpit of the Orthodox Kehilath Jeshurun (where he was employed until 1909), whereas his father didn't die until 1917. Furthermore, A Modern Heretic notes that the older Kaplan - Israel - literally exposed his son at a young age to heresy, by personally often hosting, in his own home, Arnold B. Ehrlich, a former apostate from Judaism, who even after returning to "the fold," "would have occasion to pour scorn upon traditional commentators or to express some of his heretical views about the Bible." This, by the way, also should give pause to people who "credit" Kaplan with coming to his "heretical" views about Judaism on his own. The bottom line is that the book is brilliant, and the protagonist was brilliant, but the authors of the book exposed the truth, and the protagonist of the book often tried to hide the truth, before more openly espousing what he believed was a greater truth. Just one P.S.: The Kaplan book refers to Harry Fischel in numerous places, and cites the Fischel biography which was written in 1928 and which was out of print for decades. However, an augmented edition of the Fischel biography was published in 2012 with more than 100 additional pages and a supplemented and improved index. Disclosure: This reviewer had something to do with the publication of the augmented edition.

Reviewed by Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq.
A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community ebook
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Jeffrey Gurock,Jacob Schacter
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