By Jeffrey Gurock, Jacob Schacter
Mordecai Kaplan, the founding father of the Reconstructionist stream, used to be the main influential and arguable radical Jewish philosopher within the 20th century. This booklet examines the highbrow impacts that moved Kaplan from Orthodoxy and analyzes the mix of non-public, strategic, and profession purposes that saved Kaplan with regards to Orthodox Jews, posing a query an important to the knowledge of any faith: Can a longtime non secular crew examine from a heretic who has rejected its so much basic ideals?
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41 In retrospect Kaplan also suggested that during his “miserable years” at he also learned next to nothing from, among others, Bernard Drachman, his professor of Bible, history, philosophy, and homiletics. ”42 However, an early bad experience with Drachman, and subsequent confrontations with that senior rabbi in the s, may have clouded or skewered Kaplan’s account of his student days and of the rabbinic role model who provided him with practical training and on-the-job experience that he needed to become a functioning and successful American Orthodox rabbi.
Rabbi Peikes’s stance only momentarily stymied the insistent congregational leaders. ” This variant reading of the true intentions of Peikes’s letter forced the European-trained rabbi to face the reality of who governed synagogue life in America. The congregation’s minute book records that “during this discussion [over what Peikes meant Gurock CH 3 10/16/96 8:40 AM Page 42 • PROMOTING AMERICAN ORTHODOXY in his letter] a regular application was received from Dr. ” Indeed, one wonders whether Peikes was standing in the anteroom, calculating his support and awaiting the decision.
It was apparent that Mordecai’s father, who was then giving talmud classes in their congregation, had raised his son well and that the boy had not been ruined by attending . A year later a second boy from Israel Kaplan’s informal Talmud circle went off to study at the seminary. 27 Indeed, Abelson was but one of possibly several dozen young men from the downtown community who studied at . They included, to begin with, scions of Eastern European Orthodox families who wanted to learn how to be American rabbis after having received traditional training in Russian yeshivas.
A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community by Jeffrey Gurock, Jacob Schacter