Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings

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Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the great religious teachers and moral prophets of our time. Born in Warsaw to a long line of Hasidic rabbis, he chose instead to study philosophy in Germany. Expelled back to Warsaw, he escaped just weeks before the Nazi invasion and settled in the United States. Through a series of books, he contributed greatly to the spiritual renewal of Judaism. But he exerted an equal influence on Christians-so much that he was called another "apostle to the gentiles." A ...

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Overview

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the great religious teachers and moral prophets of our time. Born in Warsaw to a long line of Hasidic rabbis, he chose instead to study philosophy in Germany. Expelled back to Warsaw, he escaped just weeks before the Nazi invasion and settled in the United States. Through a series of books, he contributed greatly to the spiritual renewal of Judaism. But he exerted an equal influence on Christians-so much that he was called another "apostle to the gentiles." A passionate champion of interfaith dialogue, he served as an official observer at Vatican II and was influential in challenging the Catholic Church to overcome the legacy of anti-Semitism. He raised a prophetic challenge to the social issues of his day, marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. and protesting the Vietnam War. His writings here on prayer, God, prophecy, the human condition, and the spiritual life vividly communicate his instinct for the "holy dimension of all existence."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759192
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 335,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Sources 15

Introduction 17

1 If You Want to Know God, Sharpen Your Sense of the Human 45

To Recover the Questions 49

Rooster 51

Wonder 51

Nature 53

Embarrassment 54

The Three Dimensions 56

The Meaning of Awe 56

Radical Amazement 58

2 Prophecy is the Voice That God has Lent to the Silent Agony 60

What Manner of Man Is the Prophet? 62

Telegram to President John F. Kennedy 64

Religion and Race 65

To Despair Is to Betray 75

After Majdanek 76

our Afterlife 77

Kaddish for Our Souls 78

Prayer for Soviet Jews 80

Introduction to Martin Luther King at Riverside 81

Introduction to Martin Luther King at Concord 83

Toward a Just Society: Prayer 84

What Is Sin? 85

3 God is Not Silent. He has been Silenced 88

The Hiding God 89

God Follows Me Everywhere 93

God Is the Subject 93

Faith Is an Event 94

Prayer as Discipline 95

On Prayer 100

4 In the Realm of Spirit Only He Who is a Pioneer is Able to be an Heir 102

Faith as an Individual Memory 105

Dissent 106

The Spirit of Judaism 107

Existence and Celebration 108

Yarm Kippur 110

Education 112

Rabbis 114

No Religion Is an Island 116

5 Prayer Makes us Worthy of being Saved 137

The Ability to Answer 139

On Prayer: Young People 143

Beyond Faith 146

Out of the Depth We Cry for Help 149

The Sabbath 150

Celebration 154

The Vocation of the Cantor 158

Preach in Order to Pray 167

6 God is of No Importance Unless He is of Supreme Importance 169

Why I Had to Write This Book 171

In Praise of Strict Justice 174

Religious Truth Must Be Lived 175

From the Point of View of God 179

Some of Us Blush 184

Man's Relevance to God 187

What to Do with Wonder 188

Our Destiny Is to Aid 189

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