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|WORLD WIDE WRAP 2013
The FJMC festival of tefillin!
The World Wide Wrap (WWW), sponsored by the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs (FJMC), held annually on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. The WWW program is designed to introduce and re-introduce Jewish men [and women] to the significance of "laying" Tefillin.
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Conservative/Masorti Men at the Crossroads: Responding to a Changing World
July 24-28, 2013. Boston, Massachusetts.
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January 4, 2013
Judaism must be maximal.
We continue this week the commentary by Prof. Mel Scult on the writings of Mordecai M. Kaplan (1881-1983), who was ordained at JTS and served as a member of its faculty for over fifty years. He is also the founder of Reconstructionism.
Kaplan makes the very interesting point that before the modern period being a Jew filled up much of one's life in the daily round of living. In our time it does not. As a consequence, we must make a special effort in terms of ritual that whatever our ritual regimen is to be, it must be maximal. Kaplan seems to care less about the details than about this matter of plenitude as he calls it.
Kaplan is known primarily for his concept of Judaism as a Civilization. He obviously meant that our Judaism must enter every aspect of the everyday. For Kaplan, the concept of civilization included what we usually refer to as culture. Some think that civilization refers only to “ knives and forks” and thus has a very elementary meaning. For Kaplan, civilization included the mundane but also the higher aspects of human life,- the literature, art , music and other forms of creativity.
Thus our Judaism may be the vehicle for our creativity but it also might be the mode in which we face the day when we arise in the morning and say the “ modeh ani” i.e. that we are thankful that our souls and minds have been restored and that we are ready to face another day with gratitude.
January 2, 1945, vol 13c.
Being a Jew to the maximum means refraining from the tendency to reduce Judaism to a way of speaking without acting. It has been proposed to meet the danger of Judaism's being crowded out by spiritualizing Judaism into abstract doctrines about God and man to a point where it no longer occupies any space. But that proposal ends up in spiriting Judaism away altogether. The position taken by the Seminary has always been that Judaism must be lived with all the senses and not only with our common sense. It must be audible visible and tangible. Hence the maximum of ritual observance is advocated not so much because of authoritative rule as because of the feeling that Jewish life to have saving quality must be abundant and not thin and ghostlike.
Mel Scult, Kaplan's biographer, is professor emeritus from the City University and the editor of selections from Kaplan's twenty–seven volume diary entitled "Communings of the Spirit."
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