'Peoplehood': Kaplan's Forgotten Act of Disloyalty?

By Noam Pianko

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Mordecai Kaplan gave his readers plenty of reasons to accuse him of disloyalty, including denial of central pillars of the Jewish narrative, but his association with the concept of "peoplehood" has escaped controversy. Pianko suggests that this is because his concept of peoplehood was misunderstood - he wanted to define Jews as a national group, but not in the mold of the nation-state. A more fitting appropriation of Kaplan's key term would critically assess longstanding assumptions about the role of the state in defining Jewish solidarity - Kaplan teaches that robust ties of peoplehood require recognizing differences rather than erasing them.

Topic: History, Peoplehood, Narrative, Statehood, Pluralism, Nationalism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 10-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Pianko, Noam. 'Peoplehood': Kaplan's Forgotten Act of Disloyalty?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 10-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7910


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