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This first collection of Heschel's essays - compiled, edited and with an introduction by his daughter Susannah Heschel, is a stunning reminder of the virtuosity of one of the most well respected minds in Judaic studies....

Title : Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays
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ISBN : 9780374524951
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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays Reviews

  • Amy
    2019-04-04 08:42

    Quote from Symbolism and Jewish Faith, pp. 82-3, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays Abraham Joshua Heschel, Edited by Susannah Heschel, c. 1996 by Sylvia Heschel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. -“The fundamental insight that God is not and cannot be localized in a thing [9] was emphatically expressed at the very moment in which it could have been most easily forgotten, at the inauguration of the Temple in Jerusalem. At that moment Solomon exclaims:But will God in very truth dwell on earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have built!- I Kings 8:27God manifests Himself in events rather than in things, and these events can never be captured or localized in things.”[footnote] [9] The Sabbath, Its Meaning to Modern Man (New York, 1951), pp. 4 ff.; “Space, Time, and Reality,” “Judaism,” I, 3, July 1952, pp. 268 ff.

  • Shira
    2019-04-11 05:40

    I am surprised, not to read of his call for such a thing, but at never having heard of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's call for the creation of an office to oversee the moral behavior of United States armed forces in times of war. I see that modern Rabbis were not the first to have to justify their speaking out on political matters, either (as one rabbi recently argued for being allowed, over the objections of congregants, to give sermons on political topics).I am also dismayed to learn that even as early as 1965 it was clear that war crimes were taking place in Vietnam, but I love the closing sentence of Rabbi Heschel's essay on The reasons for my involvement in the Peace Movement: "For all the majesty of the office of the President of the United States, he cannot claim greater majesty than God Himself."(a bit like the scene in the first episode of Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Turkish pronunciation: [muhteˈʃɛm ˈjyzjɯl], English: The Magnificent Century) in which his new subjects shout at the incoming Sultan to remember that he is not above God. Nice!)

  • Dave
    2019-03-27 09:52

    Inspiring, thought-provoking essays pulled from all periods of Rabbi Heschel's life. I connected most with his social justice works, but found plenty of inspiration from his strictly religious ones as well. Many of the essays date from the time leading up to or immediately following the establishment of Israel, and are written for a Jewish audience. While I have some basic knowledge of Judaism, I was out of my element with a lot of the terminology, and had to go off to look things up repeatedly. As I continue to educate myself about other faiths, I anticipate returning to these essays with a better framework, as I can't help but feel I missed out on quite a bit. Despite these personal difficulties, Rabbi Heschel's incorporation of his incredibly strong faith into every aspect of his life was inspiring to read, and provided a very fertile ground for exploring the relationship between my own faith and my life.

  • Naomi
    2019-04-07 13:46

    A very fine collection of Abraham Joshua Heschel's essays, reflecting on what is vital worship, the function and practice of prayer, considering religious authority and human purpose, and attending to peace and civil rights. Strongly recommended for those interested in theology and ethics, whether one ends up agreeing with Heschel or not, the reader is always drawn into deeper theological and ethical consideration.

  • Victoria Weinstein
    2019-04-12 08:52

    This is such a powerful series of essays on the religious life. I can't believe I waited this long to read it! I'm going to take my time and savor it. I would recommend it for every minister's library -- it's hugely inspiring, brilliant stuff.

  • Shannonpresler
    2019-04-23 12:43

    Reading books by Heschel can feel a bit overwhelming. This book is filled with short essays. They are much more manageable for those of us who need to take in the ocean one cup at a time. Brilliant, witty, quickly read, slowly digested.

  • Jimmacc
    2019-04-20 11:54

    Rabbi Heschel is one of the two writers who inspire me to be a better Jew every time I read their material

  • Louis
    2019-04-18 10:49

    If ever there was a tile more descriptive of a book's contents ...

  • Sylvia
    2019-03-25 05:44

    I love these essays by Heschel (Jewish Rabbi, teacher, author, activist, etc.). Great thinker...lived with great passion and courage...writes poetically. Essay, Yom Kippur is one of my favorites.

  • Steven I. Pousty
    2019-04-21 09:42

    A wonderful book I turn to for inspiration and comfort

  • Mark
    2019-04-20 05:40

    Heschel writes on Jewish theology and culture in a way that makes it universal.

  • Lee
    2019-04-14 06:35

    I confess that I didn't read every essay in this collection, but the ones I did read were excellent. Particularly thought-provoking for me were Heschel's essays on Jewish-Christian relations.

  • Susan Holtz
    2019-04-17 12:35

    This is a magnificent book. The title is conspicuous on the bus.