Brief Dialogue on Judaism
March 13, 2008
I had an opportunity on Facebook this morning to respond to an inquiry as to the nature of my views on the subject in an especially succinct manner, and so I make it available to you now, for those of you wondering:
Q: I am surprised by your links. Are you a follower of Reconstructionist Judaism? Tikkun and American Council for Judaism reconstruct Judaism along the lines of current liberal thinking.
A: Absolutely Not!!! Mordecai Kaplan sought to reconstruct Judaism in the image of the most wicked philosopher of the 20th century, John Dewey. The ACJ had its origins in resisting the more or less successful attempt of the odious Stephen Wise to do the same to the Reform movement. Still, I don’t totally buy into the ACJ perspective, based as it is on a lot of small-r republican fallacies, which is why I lean more toward the Renewal movement represented by Tikkun. However far on the left they are politically, they are theologically without question on the right half of the non-Orthodox spectrum.
I assure you all, gentle readers, that these subjects shall have extensive coverage on this blog as it develops.