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Abraham Joshua Heschel



Abraham Joshua Heschel, PhD, (1907–1972) escaped Nazi Germany to become an influential Polish American rabbi, theologian, philosopher, and author. As a professor of Jewish mysticism at Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Heschel focused on Jewish spirituality over strict textual study. Active in the civil rights movement, Heschel marched in Selma, Alabama, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and opposed the Vietnam War.

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Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion

Man Is Not Alone is a profound, beautifully written examination of the ingredients of piety: how man senses God's presence, explores it, accepts it, and builds life upon it.

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The Latest Parenting Trend–Radical Amazement

The 20th-century rabbi and theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel writes often about “radical amazement,” that sense of “wow” about the world, as the root of spirituality.

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God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism

This companion volume to Man Is Not Alone discusses not man's search for God but God's for man--the notion of a chosen people, an idea which, he writes, "signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God."

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FindCenter Quotes ImageSelf-respect is the root of discipline: the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

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Rabbi Heschel on the Via Positiva, Part 1

Matthew Fox reflects on the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on the spirituality of awe.

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The Prophets

"This book has monumental stature. It is fresh and vivid. . . aflame with prophetic vision." —James Muilenburg From the author of Man is Not Alone and God in Search of Man, comes Abraham Heschel's 1962 masterpiece of Biblical scholarship, The Prophets.

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Two Friends, Two Prophets Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr.

“Racism Is Satanism.” It was this conviction that launched Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a religious Jew from a Hasidic family in Poland, into the American civil rights movement.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOur goal should be to live life in radical amazement. Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.

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Rabbi Heschel and the Via Positiva, Part 2

Matthew Fox reflects on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s prayer for awe and words on the wonder and beauty of the universe: an antidote to the cynicism of our times.

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The Insecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human Existence

The Insecurity of Freedom is a collection of essays on Human Existence by one of the foremost Jewish thinkers of our time, Abraham Joshua Heschel. "Our theme is religion and its relationship to the free society."

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