Religion: The Reconstructionist

At the age of 22. Rabbi Kaplan was so miserable with the hidebound orthodoxy of his first congregation (Manhattan's Kehilath Jeshurun) that he asked the president of the Jewish Theological Seminary to recommend him to a life insurance company as salesman. He was persuaded to stick it out. and instead of insurance, he has been selling his own conception of Judaism ever since. It has been a long pull; Mordecai Kaplan was feted by 600 well-wishers last week on his 80th birthday. And his conception of Judaism has grown into a thriving movement:...

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