MORDECAI M. KAPLAN
The Thirteen Wants
A prayer composed by Mordecai Kaplan in 1926 for the
dedication of the new headquarters of the Society for the Advancement
of Judaism (SAJ), the following were included in the Sabbath
prayerbook as "The Criteria of Jewish Loyalty."
THE THIRTEEN WANTS
- We want Judaism to help us overcome temptation, doubt and
- We want Judaism to imbue us with a sense of responsibility
for the righteous use of the blessings wherewith God endows us.
- We want the Jew so to be trusted that his yea will be taken
as yea, and his nay as nay.
- We want to learn how to utilize our leisure to best advantage,
physically, intellectually, and spiritually.
- We want the Jewish home to live up to its traditional standards
of virtue and piety.
- We want the Jewish upbringing of our children to further
their moral and spiritual growth, and to enable them to accept
with joy their heritage as Jews.
- We want the synagogue to enable us to worship God in sincerity
and in truth.
- We want our religious traditions to be interpreted in terms
of understandable experience and to be made relevant to our present-day
- We want to participate in the upbuilding of Eretz Yisrael
as a means to the renaissance of the Jewish spirit.
- We want Judaism to find rich, manifold and ever new expression
in philosophy, letters and the arts.
- We want all forms of Jewish organization to make for spiritual
purpose and ethical endeavor.
- We want the unity of Israel throughout the world to be fostered
through mutual help in time of need, and through cooperation
in the furtherance of Judaism at all time.
- We want Judaism to function as a potent influence for justice,
freedom and peace in the life of men and nations.