Looking Backward, Looking Forward: From Kaplan to Lerner

By Deborah Dash Moore

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1995

The author reads Michael Lerner's Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing as an extended response to the concluding paragraph of Mordecai Kaplan's Judaism as a Civilization. She explains that each thinker's different way of responding to the crisis facing Judaism reflects not only the spirit of his times, but also his approach to religion, culture and politics. Though she remains skeptical by nature and upbringing of any "path to healing and transformation," Lerner has convinced her of the need for Jewish renewal. She describes Lerner's book as a tribute to the extraordinary vitality and imagination of American Jews.

Topic: Peoplehood, Sociology, Jewish Identification, Renewal and Renaissance, Publications

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.60/No.2

Page Number(s): 89-93

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Moore, Deborah Dash. Looking Backward, Looking Forward: From Kaplan to Lerner. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1995: 89-93. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4579


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