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Insecurity of Freedom

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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.
ebook, 324 pages
Published January 1st 1955 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Heschel represents something like a holy man, someone who is a scholar and a writer, but who, claiming his heritage in the Hebrew prophets, needed to leave his study and live in the image of God in this life. His last essay was on the last days of Maimonides, that great medieval philosopher/theologian who was so influential upon Aquinas, among other things. In his last days, he completely neglected all of his scholarly work and spent his time, day and night, as a physician to the Sultan and all ...more
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Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father's (Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in 1916) and mother's (Reizel Perlow Heschel) side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties. He was the youngest of six children including his siblings: Sarah, Dvora Miriam, Esther Sima, Gittel, and Jacob. In his teens he recei ...more
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