Some Call It God

By Sidney Schwarz

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 1994

The synagogue world, in every Jewish denomination, has failed to present Judaism as spiritually compelling, the author opines. Traditional Jewish theology is too literalist and fundamentalist to resonate, he argues; new theological perspectives, including Reconstructionist perspectives such as those of Mordecai Kaplan Arthur Green, can resonate with more modern Jews. Traditional liturgy is a prison for many Jews, boring and suffocating, the author asserts; alternative prayers and recontextualization of traditional metaphors can help transform the prison into a gateway. Synagogues should incorporate some elements of Havurah movement in order to remain relevant, he contends.

Topic: Theology, Prayer, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism, Prayer Communities, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.59/no.1

Page Number(s): 5-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schwarz, Sidney. Some Call It God. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 1994: 5-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8224


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