The Greater Judaism in Making: A Study of Modern Evolution of Judaism

The Greater Judaism in Making: A Study of Modern Evolution of Judaism

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Mordecai M. Kaplan

Series: Classics in Judaica
ISBN: 9781618111562 (hardcover)
Pages: 582 pp.
Publication Date: October 2011
 

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Throughout history, Judaism has been under attack by other religions, attacks which strengthened the identification of the group as a whole. Modern challenges, however, are coming from different directions, and are producing different results. Jewish identification is declining at the same time as more and more Jewish groups to identify with are rising. Rather than being a disaster, Kaplan argues that the multiplicity of threads in Jewish life today represents the process of a radical transformation “nothing less than metamorphosis.” It is in this way that Judaism is creating its own future, the greater Judaism in the making.


Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983) was a rabbi and philosopher whose ideology, centering around the concept of Judaism as a civilization, led him to found the Reconstructionist movement. He was a prolific writer whose other books include The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion (1937), The Future of the American Jew (1948), and The Purpose and Meaning of Jewish Existence (1964).