Reconstructionism: From Head to Heart

By Sidney Schwarz

Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), December 1980

Schwarz examines the claims that Reconstructionism is "too rationalistic," "emotionless" and "overly intellectual," tracing these notions back to the Jewish Theological Seminary where he claims many students saw themselves falling into one of two camps: Heschel, the traditional mystic or Kaplan, the progressive rationalist. He concedes that there must be a place for sentimentality and tradition, even when they don't meet "rational" standards, ultimately arguing that both intellect and emotion are essential elements of an integrated Judaism.

Topic: Continuity, Prayer, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism, Ideology, Jewish Continuity, Values

Name of Publication: Conservative Judaism

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.2

Page Number(s): 39-42

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Schwarz, Sidney. Reconstructionism: From Head to Heart. Conservative Judaism. Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). December 1980: 39-42.


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