WES member Mel Scult, historian of Reconstructionism and the leading biographer of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, introduced his newest book: "The Journals of Mordecai Kaplan, Vol 3" in an online event on November 2, 2020. The recording of this event is made available above.
This third volume of selections from Mordecai Kaplan's diary (covering 1942-1951) contains an enormous amount of fascinating material. Kaplan in the forties, comments on the war, on Nazism, on democracy, on his excommunication, and on the establishment of the State of Israel. Kaplan continues to develop his thoughts about Judaism, about God about the ethical life in new and compelling ways. This book contains a veritable treasure of fascinating material.
Mel Scult is professor emeritus at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York. In addition to the books listed above, he is the author of The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan. His works have been published in Israel in Hebrew. He is co-founder and vice president of the Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood