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Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters) Paperback – May 15, 2011
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What this book does for me is that it brings up to date the prophetic tradition of such likes as Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Amos. It shows that the message of those crusty old bearded characters in their sandals are still acutely relevant to us today. Heschel places God at the heart of his activism (which included standing side by side with Martin Luther King). I find this powerful, because there is a lot of talk these days about "Godless spirituality", and I don't find that satisfying because it misses out on the very flesh and blood human nature of the love that we are talking about, and to which the activist may be pushed to rest back into, and experience.
Another thing I am finding in Heschel is his depth of reflection on Jewish community. I was raised on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, and the same as Heschel says for the Jews could be said for our Presbyterian people. For example, p. 110, "Being a Jew makes anonymity impossible. A Jew represents, stands for, proclaims - even in spite of himself. The world never sees the Jew as an individual but rather as a representative of a whole tradition, of a whole people. A Jew is never alone.Read more ›
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well started reading the book ,..good to have in library .. great scholar.. great mind..Published 2 months ago by frank ramos
It seems clear to me that Rabbi Heschel was in love with God and with humanity-which I find appealing.Published 3 months ago by cprkwy8
This book was not exactly what I was looking for. I am not sure what I was looking for but this was not it.Published on January 2, 2014 by joy