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Reconstructionist Judaism

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Author(s): Staub, Jacob J.
Reconstructionism is a religious ideology and fourth American Jewish movement that was initiated in the early decades of the twentieth century and has experienced dramatic growth since the 1970s. Following the teachings and writings of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, Reconstructionists define Judaism as the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. Based on that definition, they seek to understand the historical contexts in which Jewish beliefs and practices emerged and changed and to adap…