Judaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life by Mordecai M. Kaplan

Judaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life by Mordecai M. Kaplan

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"Judaism' and 'Jewish religion' are not synonymous terms. 'Judaism' is more comprehensive than 'Jewish religion,' for 'Jewish religion' is only a part of 'Judaism.' Judaism is the composite of the collected thoughts, sentiments and efforts of the Jewish people. In other words, Judaism is the sum total of all the manifestations of the distinctively Jewish national spirit.

"The Jewish religion is, then, only a part of Judaism, though by far its most important part. Among no other people on earth has religion occupied so large, so significant a place in their spiritual life as it has among the Jews. But besides religion there were, and still are, other elements in Judaism."

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