Book talk: Kaplan in the Forties- A View from his Diary

December 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Kaplan scholar, Mel Scult, as he discusses his latest book, Communings of the Spirit, Volume III: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, 1942-1951.

This volume of Mr. Scult's selections from his diary 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. He continues to develop his thoughts about Judaism, about God about the ethical life in new and compelling ways. 

The book may be purchased at a 30% discount on the Wayne State site.  At checkout for any of Scult's books, use code Mel1.  The discount will appear at checkout. 

A comment from Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University: "Another great gift from the world’s foremost expert on Kaplan and his work. This volume of the Kaplan diaries covers critical decades in his life and reveals his response to the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and to his own excommunication. An invaluable source on one of America’s greatest Jewish thinkers and on American Judaism during a pivotal period of the twentieth century."

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Mel Scult is Professor Emeritus at the City University-Brooklyn College. He holds a Ph.D from Brandeis University and has published extensively on the life and thought of Mordecai Kaplan. He has lectured widely in the United States and Israel. Professor Scult is a dedicated Kaplanian and a member of West End Synagogue Reconstructionist synagogue in Manhatten.  He lives in New York with his wife. 

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