Marmur and Ellenson see a canon of American Jewish thought as already too entrenched and, like the canon of European Jewish thought, magnifying the influence of a small number of people. The editors thus bring in more of the intellectual progeny of thinkers who continue to cast a long shadow (in particular Heschel, Kaplan, and Soloveitchik) and many others debating the existential
questions of American Jewish existence. …[they] contribute to the process of expanding the “open canon” to make room for texts more reflective of the diversity of contemporary Jewish experience.