Reconstructionist Judaism & Devotion to One God 11/06/2013
Reconstructionism is the youngest stream of Judaism. Reform came before Orthodoxy as an
institution—happened with modernity
Looked to the prophets
Mordecai Kaplan (Lithuania)—orthodox rabbi? Jewish theological seminary. In 1934 wrote a
book: Judaism as a civilization
Judaism as an evolving religious civilization
The divide of the ten commandments: Halakhic divide
Literal, those who derive meaning from Torah as a renewal
Orthopraxy and reconstructionism
Kaplan: the bible is the early diary of the Jewish people: a collective spirit dump, expression of
transcendent and mundane experiences of this people.
After 5 books of Moses, there’s the history
Names of god, translation
Adonai, Lord, God, Elohim, YHWH
My rock, redeemer, the one who is with me, wonderful…
“I am what I am” “I will be who I will be”
“what was, what is, what will be”
no one can see me and live, but shows the back?
Where does this happen??
Clearly identified as the creator, the redeemer (of the Hebrews), source of revelation.
Mysticism: oneness of god. Kabbalah: Ezekiel 1, cosmic SUV.
Hasidut : Hassidim: pious
The Alef is what came before, though the first letter is Bet
Maimonides—how to grapple and define god. Describing god by what he’s not
Deidre likes Buber
Reconstructionist approaches to god
Things beyond the laws of nature, and god is behind them.
Vs. the laws of nature—what just is
Things that just happen: a