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From Ideology to Liturgy: Reconstructionist Worship and American Liberal Judaism (Monographs of the Hebrew Union College Number 26)

Caplan, Eric

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ISBN 10: 0878204504 / ISBN 13: 9780878204502
Published by Hebrew Union College Press, Cincinnati, 2002
Condition: vg Hardcover

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8vo. ix, 413pp. Red cloth with gold lettering on cover and spine in original printed dust jacket. First major study of the Reconstructionist Siddur. The author focuses on the life and thought of the movement's founder R. Mordecai Kaplan, how he influenced its liturgy and how it has evolved since his passing. This work is an important resource for understanding non-Orthodox Judaism in the United States and how it has changed over the course of the 20th century to serve the needs not of immigrants seeking to integrate into American society, but of Jews who can take their Americanism for granted. Dj slightly creased and stained. Overall in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 35891

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Title: From Ideology to Liturgy: Reconstructionist ...

Publisher: Hebrew Union College Press, Cincinnati

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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This study examines Reconstructionism's interpretation and adaptation of the traditional Jewish liturgy and creation of new prayer texts to convey and express its changing ideology. Liturgical creativity has been a hallmark of Reconstructionism since its founding by Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983) in the 1930s. All facets of the movement's liturgical materials are analyzed, including translations, supplementary readings, commentaries, rubrics, and layout. After an examination of Kaplan's life and thought, especially those facets that are most relevant to understanding his liturgical work, the author analyzes the first Reconstructionist liturgies, published between 1941 and 1963. He then summarizes institutional developments within Reconstructionism from the publication of Judaism as a Civilization (1934) until the founding of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1968, and then from 1968 to the present. Caplan devotes an entire chapter to an examination of the rites that comprise the new series of Reconstructionist prayerbooks, Kol Haneshamah. They are compared to the contemporaneous liturgies of Reform, Conservative, and Renewal Judaism, which in turn are compared with their 1940s predecessors to illustrate developments within American Liberal Judaism in general.

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Eric Caplan is Assistant Professor and Director of the Jewish Teacher Training Program at McGill University in Montreal.

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