Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem
- Mel Scult
Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem (11 June 1881–08 November 1983), rabbi and founder of Reconstructionism, was born in Sventzian, Lithuania, the son of Israel Kaplan, a rabbi and prominent talmudic scholar, and Haya Nehama Kovarsky, who managed the family store. At the age of eight, he emigrated to the United States with his family, and they settled in New York City. He received a traditional education mostly from his father, which gave him a solid grounding in classical rabbinic texts. Kaplan attended City College of New York (B.A., 1900) and Columbia University (M.A., 1902) and received rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (1902)....