Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Rabbinical Gangsters Who Resort to Nazi Methods"

Who wrote this?

If I were asked what I regard as the most disheartening aspect in Jewish life as refected in the tragi-comedy of the herem, I would say that… we have rabbinical gangsters who resort to nazi methods in order to regain their authority and on the other hand our Jewish journalists are cynical about the whole business and treat the very attempt to articulate religious values in terms of a modern outlook in life as silly and superfluous.17

Mordechai K. Kaplan,
founder of the Reconstructionist stream of American Judaism

17 - Kaplan Diary, 16 June 1945 (Volume 13, 1944–1946), found in the Ira and Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Archives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Philadelphia.


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