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The Earth Is the Lord's: The Inner World of the Jew in Eastern Europe
     

The Earth Is the Lord's: The Inner World of the Jew in Eastern Europe

by Abraham Joshua Heschel, Ilya Schor (Illustrator)
 

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Powerfully and beautifully portrays a bygone Jewish culture. The story about the life of the Jews in Eastern Europe which has come to an end in our days is what I have tried to tell in this essay. I have not talked about their books, their art or institutions, but about their daily life, about their habits and customs, about their attitudes toward the basic things in

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Powerfully and beautifully portrays a bygone Jewish culture. The story about the life of the Jews in Eastern Europe which has come to an end in our days is what I have tried to tell in this essay. I have not talked about their books, their art or institutions, but about their daily life, about their habits and customs, about their attitudes toward the basic things in life, about the scale of values which directed their aspirations… In this period our people attained the highest degree of inwardness…. It was the golden period in Jewish history, in the history of the Jewish soul. —fromThe Earth Is the Lord’s

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This thin 1949 volume focuses on the daily life of the Eastern European Jew during the Ashkenazic period.
From the Publisher
"Dr. Heschel re-creates the mind and character of a whole people and of an entire era. Not only Jews, but all who regard the culture of the inner life as important will find this book moving and meaningful."
Virginia Kirkus

“Dr. Heschel admirably succeeds in conveying much of the inner content and the glory of traditional Jewish culture as it grew and throbbed in the towns and villages of Central and Eastern Europe. In few and eloquent pages the world can learn what it has lost.”
Marvin Lowenthal, New York Herald Tribune Book Review

“I do not know of any work in which the spiritual life of Eastern European Jewry is portrayed with such complete understanding and thorough appreciation.”
Dr. Louis Finkelstein

“There are few books in English that plunge us so deeply into the depths of Jewish reality.”
Irving Kristol, Commentary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879045422
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Series:
Jewish Lights Classic Reprint Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
411,630
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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Virginia Kirkus
Not only Jews, but all who regard the culture of the inner life as important will find this book moving and meaningful.

Meet the Author

Abraham Joshua Heschel was born in Poland in 1907, received his early education from a yeshiva (a school for Talmudic or rabbinical study), and earned his doctorate from the University of Berlin. In 1939, six weeks before the Nazi invasion of Poland, he left for London and then for the United States, where he taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City from 1945 until his death in 1972.An activist as well as a scholar and a teacher, Heschel was deeply engaged in social movements for peace, civil rights, and interfaith understanding.The following three selections are excerpted from his 1965 work, Who Is Man?

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