|Birthname||Mordecai Menahem Kaplan|
|born on||10 June 1881 at 23:53 (= 11:53 PM )|
|Place||Svencionys, Lithuania, 55n07, 26e10|
|Timezone||LST m21e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||20°06' 01°36 Asc. 09°47'|
Lithuanian rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein. From 1934 until 1970 Kaplan wrote a series of books in which he expressed his Reconstructionist ideology, which centred on the "concept of Judaism as a civilization". He was a prolific writer, keeping a journal throughout most of his life. He died in New York City on November 8, 1983 at the age of 102.
Sy Scholfield quotes "A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan" by Jeffrey S. Gurock and Jacob J. Schacter (1997), p. 165: "See Kaplan, 'Journals,' 17:300 (December 10, 1955): 'According to what my father once told me, I was born on Friday night June 10, 1881 a few minutes before midnight.' See also [William] Berkowitz's transcript of his interview with Kaplan in Let Us Reason Together, p. 71: 'I was born on a Friday night. Since it was forbidden to record anything on the Sabbath, my father stopped the pendulum of the pendulum clock. It was then seven minutes before midnight' . . . however, Kaplan's passport gives his date of birth as June 11, 1881."
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Centenarian, aged 102)
- Vocation : Religion : Other Religion (Rabbi)
- Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Essayist)