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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Ova se knjiga zapravo bavi filozofijom religije a podijeljena je na dva dijela. Prvi je dio naslovljen "Pitanje Boga" a bavi se pitanjima bitka, sumnje i vjere, jednim i skrovitim Bogom, stvarima onkraj vjere i drugim zanimljivim pitanjima. Drugi je dio naslovljen "Pitanje življenja" a bavi se temama kao što su smisao postojanja, ljudska bit, religija, židovska religija te ...more
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Published December 2010 by Ex libris (first published June 1st 1976)
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Matthew
It's been over half a year now since I last reviewed anything here on Goodreads. There are a number of things that have kept me away (moving across the country, working on a novel, having a baby, etc.) but mainly -- if I'm honest -- the thing that's kept me silent has been the prospect of critiquing this book.

For one thing, I'm about as qualified to comment seriously on a treatise on Jewish theology as I am to, let's say, fact-check a textbook about string theory. For another, it's the thought
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Simcha Wood
This is not the sort of book one reads and then shoves back on the shelf to collect dust. It is, instead, one of those rare works which will constantly call the reader back, if only to glance over a page or two. Heschel's book is subtitled A Philosophy of Religion but it might have as accurately been subtitled A Poetics of Religion. Heschel is very much the philosopher poet.

Heschel is the sort of theologian the modern world needs. He is a deeply religious man who has no illusions about the diffi
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Ronen
Amazing book, stirred me to my soul. I feel quite under-qualified to give anything more than a personal impression, and even for that I think I should read the book again, and more in depth.

"Walking upon a rock that is constantly crumbling away behind every step, man cannot restrain his bitter yearning to know whether life is nothing but a series of momentary physiological and mental processes, actions, and forms of behavior, a flow of vicissitudes, desires and sensations, running like grains th
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Louis
Poetic and sober observations of the human condition while pointing to an ineffable reason for hope.
Patrick Frownfelter
I am completely floored after reading this book. Heschel, a Jewish theologian, communicates in a way that very few, if any, Christian theologians today understand God (though some have clearly been inspired by this man).

I think the big thing that I'm taking away from this book is the connections that exist here between Judaism and Christianity. To ignore our Jewish roots as Christians is to commit a great error in our thinking we are so independent. For example, when Heschel speaks of the Shech
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Evan Taylor
Abraham Heshel in this novel brings to light the intricate values of faith, specifically for Judaism. I have learned much from reading this book in regards to my own spiritual journey and in regards to my relationships with others. I checked out this book from the library, but will definitely have to buy a copy for myself, for there were many quotes, ideas and Scriptures mentioned throughout the book that I would like to always have immediate access to. If there is anyone out there trying to ans ...more
Artur Benchimol
Heschel puts together a full and complex portrait of religion and the Jewish religion. Not an easy read at all, but it surely elucidates many questions about religion and puts some clarity for those who want to understand better those who believe in religion.

Central ideas like monotheism, ethics, the ineffable, morality, are all present here in their universal and Jewish versions. Liked the book. Some parts could be used to elucidate and inspire most people, some parts are not for everyone.
Lee
Jan 01, 2009 Lee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophical Jews
I liked this book for its simplicity and its truth. It does keep saying the same thing over and over again, but that's only because anything is everything else in disguise. The unique things it says informed me more fully as to the particular strengths of Judiasm. I am looking forward to reading the companion book "God in Search of Man."
Martin
Somewhat easier reading than its big brother, "God in Search of Man". I still needed a dictionary open while reading it.

I was surprised how Rabbi Heschel can stay clear of specific religious issues and just deal with our common humanity, and God's role in it, as well as our role in God's plan and creation.

Heschel's writings seem to appeal to Christians as well as Jews, and this book is likely to appeal to anyone who is interested in spirituality.
Mark Tibbs
The majority of this book is note-taking fodder for the soul. The parts that I took exception to were few and not worth discounting the brilliance of this work. Such as this, p.245, "There is an eternal cry in the world: God is beseeching man. Some are startled; others remain deaf. We are all looked for. An air of expectancy hovers over life. Something is asked of man, of all men."
Good stuff =)
Martin
A wonderfully written book that could easily win readers of any religious confession - as well as atheists. Contains a tiny bit about Judaism; the rest of it is just about faith, God, and man. Very deeply enlightening and inspiring.
Joseph Nally
Made me realize how dim my eyes have been to beauty and aroused the old longing in my soul for something completely other.
Marta
I didn't finish this book but I definitely want to return to it. The ideas in the book are worth pondering over a lifetime.
Greg
Any person wanting to know God will benefit from this work of Heschel.
Bob
A great philosopher teacher who shares his insights. I use this often.
Lee Staman
Possibly the best book on God and the encounter with the divine.
richard
Feb 08, 2008 richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: carly
Good Jewish rabbi/scholar. Hard at some points. Very uplifting.
Brandon
I had to stop reading. This guy doesn't make much sense.
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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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“The Search for reason ends at the known; on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide. It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding. Neither of them is amphibious: reason cannot go beyond the shore, and the sense of the ineffable is out of place where we measure, where we weigh. We do not leave the shore of the known in search of adventure or suspense or because of the failure of reason to answer our questions. We sail because our mind is like a fantastic seashell, and when applying our ear to its lips we hear a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore. Citizens of two realms, we all must sustain a dual allegiance: we sense the ineffable in one realm, we name and exploit reality in another. Between the two we set up a system of references, but we can never fill the gap. They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody, as life and what lies beyond the last breath.” 23 likes
“Usually we regard as meaningful that which can be expressed, and as meaningless that which cannot be expressed. Yet, the equation of the meaningful and the expressible ignores a vast realm of human experience, and is refuted by our sense of the ineffable which is an awareness of an allusiveness to meaning without the ability to express it.” 3 likes
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