Shaping Communities of Commitment

By David A. Teutsch

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1995

The author argues that changes made in the liturgy by Mordecai Kaplan and his supporters offer insights about the relationship between ritual and values. He explains that Kaplan consistently made changes for what he perceived as ethical reasons, without necessarily striving for theological consistency. The author argues that the Jewish people can continue to shape its moral life only if it retains its distinctive culture while refining or altering its ethics when necessary.

Topic: Halakha, Morality, Jewish Law, Ethics, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.60/No.2

Page Number(s): 16-23

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Teutsch, David A. Shaping Communities of Commitment. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1995: 16-23. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4420


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