By Jeffrey Gurock, Jacob Schacter
Mordecai Kaplan, the founding father of the Reconstructionist circulation, was once the main influential and debatable radical Jewish philosopher within the 20th century. This ebook examines the highbrow impacts that moved Kaplan from Orthodoxy and analyzes the mix of non-public, strategic, and occupation purposes that saved Kaplan with regards to Orthodox Jews, posing a query an important to the certainty of any faith: Can a longtime non secular staff research from a heretic who has rejected its such a lot basic ideals?
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15 So conflicted, an anguished Kaplan questioned his choice of calling. Just three years after earning ordination, Kaplan said to himself: “I little thought that at this time of life I will find myself so aimless. In the way Gurock CH 3 10/16/96 8:40 AM Page 36 • PROMOTING AMERICAN ORTHODOXY of the personal ambition which the particular training I have had might enable me to entertain, stand my altered religious beliefs . . ”16 The distressed young rabbi cried out in his diary: Oh God, what anguish of soul!
12 And whatever Joffe’s deviations were from tradition, they were not Gurock CH 2 10/16/96 8:13 AM Page 22 • TRAINING AT THE SEMINARY nearly as profound as had been those of Kaplan’s household friend, Arnold Ehrlich. Eliezer Robison, principal of the Machzike Talmud Torah, Kasriel Sarasohn, editor of the Yiddish weekly, the Yiddishe Gazetten, and the daily, Yiddishes Tageblatt, and a number of important lay leaders of the Kaplans’ own home congregation, Kehal Adath Jeshurun of Eldridge Street, had no problem understanding Israel and Anna’s decision.
It would be naturally receptive to . . ” Unfortunately for Drachman, he was soon to find that his laity’s definition of modern demeanor in synagogue life included family pews with men and women sitting together, in clear violation of Orthodox strictures. 25 Soon, however, Drachman was to find in Yorkville other upwardly mobile German American and East European Jews who wanted a modern rabbi and respected his and the traditional Jewish ritual perspective. In , with the considerable support of his father-in-law, real estate magnate Jonas Weil, Drachman founded Congregation Zichron Ephraim, named in memory of Weil’s father, on th Street and Lexington Avenue.
A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community by Jeffrey Gurock, Jacob Schacter