No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue

No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue

by Harold Kasimow
     
 

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remains one of the most important figures in American Jewish-Christian relations nearly twenty years after his death. He had a penetrating mind that was never arrogant and a moral passion that never moralized. Together, the thirteen essays of this book testify to his enduring legacy.

Beginning with Rabbi Heschel's own "No

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remains one of the most important figures in American Jewish-Christian relations nearly twenty years after his death. He had a penetrating mind that was never arrogant and a moral passion that never moralized. Together, the thirteen essays of this book testify to his enduring legacy.

Beginning with Rabbi Heschel's own "No Religion Is An Island," these writings—by men and women who knew him, studied under him, and struggled with him, people from South Asian, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions—reveal the humble yet soaring spirit of a person who know God transcended the barriers of nation, culture, religion, and historical enmity.

As these essays demonstrate, Heschel was spiritual guide to people of many faiths. He won the admiration of men and women in many lands and traditions. Firmly rooted in his own Jewishness, he evoked the genius of other traditions, inspiring believers of all kinds to labor toward a more humane world.

Contributors include: the editors, Heschel's daughter Susannah, Jacob Y. Teshima, Daniel Berrigan, John C. Merkle, Eugene J. Fisher, John C. Bennett, Fredrick C. Holmgren, Riffat Hassan, Arvind Sharma, Antony Fernando, and Kenneth B. Smith.

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The object of this festschrift-like publication is Rabbi Heschel, who was born into the Hasidic tradition of Eastern Europe in 1907 and died, a leader of Conservative Judaism, in New York in 1972. Widely known for his writings and teachings on Jewish philosophy and his involvement with civil rights and political issues, he was respected and loved by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In the first part of this testimony, an impressive roster of contributors remember Heschel as father, teacher, master, and friend. In Part 2, contributing scholars assess his legacy and its impact. A list of his writing follows. The inquisitive reader, however, searches in vain for an elementary chapter on Heschel's life and a calendar of important events in that life.-- Gerda Haas, Holocaust Human Rights Ctr. of Maine

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ISBN-13:
9781606083413
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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