All this week, we're featuring some of our newest Jewish studies titles for Jewish Book Month. Today we're focusing on two important Jewish theologians and scholars, Mordecai M. Kaplan and Abraham Joshua Heschel. Kaplan and Heschel were colleagues at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, but had different ideas about Judaism. Their religious thought is examined in the following books:
The founder of the Jewish Reconstructionist movement, Kaplan is the only rabbi to have been excommunicated by the Orthodox rabbinical establishment in America. Drawing on Kaplan's 27-volume diary, Mel Scult describes the development of Kaplan's radical theology in dialogue with the thinkers and writers who mattered to him most.
Focusing on the idea of transcendence—or the movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness—Held puts Heschel into dialogue with contemporary Jewish thinkers, Christian theologians, devotional writers, and philosophers of religion.