Judaism as a Civilization Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life

ISBN-10: 0827609183
ISBN-13: 9780827609181
Edition: 2009
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 1/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

A transformative work on modern Judaism Judaism as a Civilization is widely considered the genesis of the Reconstructionist Movement, representing a watershed moment in modern Judaism. In this classic book, Mordecai Kaplan introduced a new way of looking at Judaism: as an evolving religious civilization. His approach required innovation in liturgy and ritual, elimination of obsolete customs, and adjustment in light of prevailing social, political, and cultural conditions. Kaplan felt that all Jews¿traditional and liberal, religious and secular¿could play a part in this ¿reconstruction.¿ Judaism as a Civilization, first published in 1934, remains one of the most original and thought-provoking contributions to modern Jewish thought.

Introduction to Judaism as a Civilization at 75
Kaplan's Judaism at Sixty: A Reappraisal
Preface to the 1967 Edition
Preface to the 1957 Edition
Preface to the 1934 Edition
Introduction to the 1981 Edition
Introductory
The Present Crisis in Judaism
The Factors in the Crisis
The Factors of Disintegration
The Modern Political Order
The Modern Economic Order
The Modern Ideology
The Factors of Conservation
Inherent Factor of Conservation
Environmental Factors of Conservation
The Decisive Factor
Needed: A Program of Reconstruction
The Current Versions of Judaism
The Reformist Version of Judaism
Critique of the Reformist Version of Judaism
Conservative Judaism (Right Wing of Reformism)
The Neo-Orthodox Version of Judaism
Critique of Neo-Orthodoxy
Conservative Judaism (Left Wing of Neo-Orthodoxy)
The Proposed Version of Judaism
Judaism as a Civilization
Constituent Elements of Judaism as a Civilization
Implications of the Proposed Version of Judaism
Israel. The Status and Organization of Jewry
The Nationhood of Israel
Nationalism as a Cultural Concept
Cultural Nationalism as the Call of the Spirit
The Land of Israel
Jewish Communal Organization
God. The Development of the Jewish Religion
Introductory. The Need for Reorientation to the Problem of Religion
The Place of Religion in Jewish Life
The Folk Aspect of the Jewish Religion
The Past Stages of the Jewish Religion
The Functional Method of Interpretation
Torah. Judaism as a Way of Life for the American Jew
Introductory. Torah as a Way of Life
Jewish Milieu
Jewish Folkways
Jewish Ethics
The Meaning of Jewish Education in America
Conclusion
Creative Judaism-A Program
Notes
Index

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