Toward a Redefinition of Reconstructionism

By Daniel G. Cedarbaum

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Fall 2005

This piece looks at revaluating Reconstructionism as a philosophical approach to Judaism and what it should mean for its future. The author begins by rejecting the idea that Mordecai Kaplan's ideas should be sacred and that Reconstructionism shouldn't allow some type of evolutionary change. The author also highlights how Reconstructionism and Mordecai Kaplan's influence presents an interesting paradox with the fact that Reconstructionism never won mass support yet Kaplan's ideas have dominated American Jewish discourse for many years. The author concludes by asserting that in order for the Reconstructionist movement to survive it must preserve the useful features that distinguish it from other streams of Judaism.

Topic: Reconstructionist Judaism, Religious Denominations, Future

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 70/No.1

Page Number(s): 69-81

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cedarbaum, Daniel G. Toward a Redefinition of Reconstructionism. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Fall 2005: 69-81.


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