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Eight Decades

The Selected Writings of W. Gunther Plaut

by W. Gunther Plaut
introduction by Jonathan V. Plaut

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list price: $29.99
also available: eBook
published: 2008
publisher: Dundurn Press

W. Gunther Plaut is one of Reform Judaism’s most acclaimed twentieth century rabbis and scholars. He is a gifted writer and intellectual whose ideas garner devotees throughout the world. Eight Decades: The Selected Writings of W. Gunther Plaut is a selection of his previously published articles and essays. They include discussions on history, biblical topics, literature and linguistics, theological questions, moral and social issues, perspectives on Reform Judaism, legal issues, and Israel. First published in magazines as diverse as Maclean’s, Atlantic, Commentary, Reconstructionist, Ontario Medical Review, Hebrew Union College Annual, and 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.

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Contributor notes

W. Gunther Plaut was born in Germany, but in 1935 fled the Nazis for the United States, where he became a rabbi. He was President of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and from 1978 to 1985 served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Rabbi Plaut received nineteen honorary degrees and was a Companion of the Order of Canada. He published twenty-five books, including his magnum opus: The Torah: A Modern Commentary. Rabbi Plaut passed away in February 2011. 
Jonathan V. Plaut, who wrote the introduction. is the spiritual leade rof Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, Michigan. Prior to this, Rabbi Plaut led Congregation Beth El in Traverse City, Michigan, where he is now Rabbi Ermeritus. He is the author of The Jews of Windsor 1790-1990: A Historical Chronicle and is the editor of One Voice: The Selecte Sermons of W. Gunther Plaut and The Plaut Family: Tracing the Legacy.

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W. Gunther Plaut

W. Gunther Plauit is the Senior Scholar at Holy Blossom Synagogue in Toronto. Through his books and lectures, he is a major influence in Canada, the United States, and beyond.

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Jonathan V. Plaut

Rabbi Jonathan Plaut was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, Michigan, and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth El in Traverse City, Michigan. He served Congregation Beth El in Windsor, Ontario from 1970 to 1984 and Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, California, from 1985 to 1993. From 1993 to 1999 he was engaged in major fundraising projects. Rabbi Plaut died in April 2012 at the age of 69.

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