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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-05

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Fourth Branch

Continued from preceding page

viving into the future in-
volves an awareness of the
chasm between the tradi-
tional and modern world view
and the courage to risk mean-
ingful change.
Kaplan is his own best il-
lustration. Together with
such thinkers as Milton
Steinberg, Eugene Kohn and
Ira Eisenstein, he applied his
reconstructionist theory to
Jewish liturgy. After pub-
lishing a widely criticized new
Haggadah in 1941, he pub-
lished the pioneering Recon-
structionist Sabbath Prayer
Book four years later. Kaplan
observed Jews who, unable to
accept portions of the tradi-
tional worship text, aband-
oned prayer itself. Kaplan
himself shared many of their
objections to those sections
of the prayer book whose
theology and morality ran
counter to his own beliefs.
The reconstructionist solu-
tion was not to pray without
believing or not to pray at all,
but to reinterpret the liturgy
in a new key.
The contemporary theolog-
ical and moral sensibilities of
Jews were to be respected.
Prayers discriminating
against women, slaves and
gentiles were omitted and
replaced by positive formula-
tions. Petitions for the
restoration of animal sac-
rifices in a rebuilt 'Temple in
Jerusalem were deleted along
with those affirming belief in
physical resurrection as were
God's rewarding and punish-
ing of Israel by granting or
withholding the rainfall.
While the Reconstruction-
ist prayer book reinterprets
many of the traditional lit-
urgical texts, it explicitly re-
jects those extolling God's ex-
clusive election of the Jewish
people and His revelation of
Ibrah as the only doctrine ex-
pressing God's will. Recon-
structionism is the sole
Jewish religious ideology to
reject the idea of God's
chosen people and the ra-
tionale which the other
Jewish movements offered in
its favor. For Kaplan, the idea
of divine chosenness intro-
duces invidious distinctions
between Jews and gentiles,
implies the superiority of the
chosen over the rejected,
raises sibling rivalries among
religions and peoples each
claiming the exclusive ap-
proval of the father, thus
placing obstacles to the way
of peace and harmony. The
Jewish people, seeking to
become a people in the image
of God, chooses its vocation
which implies no claim to
superiority. Nothing in the

doctrine of vocation precludes
other peoples or religions
from becoming just as holy
and dedicated to serving God
by embodying the universal
values that their historic ex-
periences have revealed to
them.

The publication of the Sab-
bath Prayer book led to the
denunciation and excom-
munication of Kaplan and the
burning of the prayer book at
a public meeting of the Union
of Orthodox Rabbis (Agudat
Ha-rabbanim) on June 12,
1945.
Kaplan's liturgical and
ritual innovations, which in-
cluded the total acceptance of
women in the religious life of
the synagogue, e.g., counting
women in the minyan, were
not meant for every Jew or
every synagogue. They were
addressed to a major Jewish
constituency which felt so
great a dissonance between
its intellectual and moral
belief systems and the world-
view of the prayer book that
they turned away from the
religious community. The
pragmatics of Kaplan's recon-
structionism was designed to
leave no excuse for apostasy.
Kaplan placed considerable
emphasis upon the stablizing
force of sancta to provide the
element of continuity and
sameness which enables the
ongoing revaluation of tradi-
tional concepts and practices
where it is called for. Sancta
refer to the constellation of
historic realities — heroes,
events, places, folk-ways,
myths, writings — which
serve as the common sacred
referents of a people. The
sancta shared by the widest
variety of Jews help preserve
the unity in the diversity
which characterizes the con-
dition of Jewish life.
The major adjective qual-
ifying civilization is "re-
ligious." Jewish religion is the
natural, social product of a
people's life, the soul of its
civilization. Without the
Jewish religion, Judaism is
devoid of the self-con-
sciousness which a civiliza-
tion attains when it becomes
aware of its purpose or what
Kaplan calls its "salvation."
But religion is not syn-
onymous with or isolated
from the whole of Judaism.
"'lb have religion a people
must have other things in
common besides religion."
Paradoxically, the religious
regeneration of a people
demands that religion ceases
to be its sole preoccupation.
Correlation is a key Kap-
lanian concept linking Divini-
ty with peoplehood and the
idea of God with the idea of
salvation. "God" is a cor-
relative term which relates to
a people in the same manner
that other functional nouns
relate, e.g., parent to child,
teacher to pupil, shepherd to
flock. "God" denotes a rela-
tionship of supreme impor-
tance to a people or to
mankind. The functional idea
of God is derived not from
metaphysical speculation or
supernatural revelation but
naturalistically from the pro-
cess of discovering the mean-

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