His most important scholarly works include The Rise of Reform Judaism (1963), The Growth of Reform Judaism (1965) and The Torah: A Modern Commentary (1981); the latter, a 17-year project, supports the school of modern biblical scholarship. Hence, he has parted company with traditional Talmudists, placing himself firmly within the secular Jewish camp. Rabbi Plaut writes a weekly column for the Canadian Jewish News and writes frequently for the Globe and Mail.
Although many orthodox Jews do not accept his religious views, he has still managed to earn himself the position of chief spokesman of the Canadian Jewish community. He has turned to fiction late in life in "an attempt to reach as many people as possible." He published his first collection of short stories, Hanging Threads, in 1978, and in 1986 he published The Letter, a novel about the Holocaust.
Author SHARON DRACHE
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...