Eight Decades : The Selected Writings of W. Gunther Plaut

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W Gunther Plaut is one of Reform Judaism's most acclaimed twentieth century rabbis & scholars. He is a gifted writer & intellectual whose ideas garner devotees throughout the world. This book offers a selection of his previously published articles & essays. They include discussions on history, biblical topics, literature & linguistics, theological questions, moral & social issues, perspectives on Reform Judaism, legal issues, & Israel. First published in magazines as diverse as "Maclean's, Atlantic, Commentary, Reconstructionist, Ontario Medical Review, Hebrew Union College Annual", & many others, each essay carries a unique message that is still relevant today. "Eight Decades" is a fitting companion to "One Voice: The Selected Sermons of W. Gunther Plaut", published in 2007 on the occasion of his ninety-fifth birthday.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Prefacep. 16
Under Thirty: Testament of Exilep. 18
My Third Agep. 21
Studies in History
The First Confirmation in Americap. 27
Jews in Seventeenth-Century Georgiap. 31
The Israelites in Pharoah's Egypt: A Historical Reconstructionp. 38
Youth Movementsp. 47
The Canadian Experience: The Dynamics of Jewish Life Since 1945p. 51
Biblical Inquiries
The Wandering Arameanp. 73
In Defence of the Erev Rav - [actual symbol not reproducible]p. 78
Pharaoh's Hardened Heartp. 81
The Pillar of Saltp. 88
Why Love a Stranger?p. 94
Literature and Linguistics
The Origin of the Word "Yarmulke"p. 101
A Hebrew-Dakota Dictionaryp. 105
Long-hand with Buber (a review)p. 113
Assessing the Jewish Mind (a review)p. 128
Theological Questions
What I Believep. 137
The Sabbath as Protest: Thoughts on Work and Leisure in the Automated Societyp. 143
Toward a Higher Moralityp. 158
Moral and Social Issues
The University and Societyp. 167
The Morality of the Calley Trialp. 174
The Curse of Literalismp. 181
Concerning Israel
Why Is Israel Different?p. 191
A Eulogy for the Israeli Martyrs of 1972 at Munichp. 194
The Un-public Relations of Our National Bodiesp. 197
Foreword to S. Zalman Abramov's Perpetual Dilemmap. 204
We Are Jewsp. 209
Reform Jewish Perspectives
The Sabbath in the Reform Movementp. 217
The Ambiguity of Reformp. 247
The Four Phases of the Reform Movementp. 258
Religious Discipline and Liberal Judaismp. 270
Prophetic Judaism Without Prophetsp. 282
The German-Jewish Experience
The Elusive German-Jewish Heritage in Americap. 289
The Yom Kippur That Never Was: A Pious Pictorial Fraudp. 295
The Common Folk in Mendelssohn's Daysp. 301
An Interview with Moses Mendelssohn: The Christian and the Jewp. 309
Germans and Jews: The Symbiosis That Failedp. 314
The Legal Dimension
Hate Propagandap. 331
Refuge or Asylum: The Canadian Perspectivep. 338
Four Points of Law: Notes on the Relationship of Law and Religionp. 347
The Marshall Inquiryp. 353
Notesp. 359
Permissionsp. 385
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