Revisiting the Chosen People

By George B. Driesen

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Fall 1995

This piece explores Mordecai Kaplan's rejection of the chosen people doctrine and what this means for Reconstructionism, as well as broader debates about the doctrine. The piece asserts that not all Reconstructionists accept this rejection. However, it highlights that Liberal Jews like Reconstructionists have embraced the fundamental democratic tenet that all people are created equal, which leads to the question of how it is possible to espouse both equality and the idea of chosenness. The piece advocates for a notion of distinctness (instead of choseness), which emphasizes a group of people having their own history and practices that are a part of the larger framework of human life.

Topic: Sectarianism, Faith, Reconstructionist Judaism, Pluralism, Belief

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 60/No. 2

Page Number(s): 78-84

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Driesen, George B. Revisiting the Chosen People. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Fall 1995: 78-84.


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