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Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters)

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Abraham Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the great religious teachers and moral prophets of our time. Born in Warsaw to a long line of Hasidic rabbis, he chose instead to study philosophy in Germany. Expelled back to Warsaw, he escaped just weeks before the Nazi invasion and settled in the United States. Through a series of books he contributed greatly to the spiritual renew ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Orbis Books (first published May 1st 2011)
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Sheeba Jacob
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is an essential read for anyone looking to couple spiritual practice with social justice. I heard about the rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel through an On Being podcast. His reflections are so incredibly timely to our current context. He pushes humanity to go beyond ego and his teachings have the potential to push us to the next level. He speaks to cultivating the inner life while not ignoring the external world around us. The book provides the kind of spiritual leadership that might not b ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'd read a little bit of Rabbi Heschel's writings before reading this collection of excerpts grouped around several themes. These selections are a wonderful introduction to his life and work, including unpublished writing, speeches and excerpts from his books. His daughter, a scholar in her own right, supplements her father's writings with biography and introductions to each section that give depth and context to the passages she has chosen.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent sampling of Heschel's writings with introductions by his daughter Susannah

November 2017 - I reread this book and found Heschel's insights on the nature of religion, race, the need for the prophetic and their connection to the spiritual life to be profound. While writing from an Orthodox Jewish perspective, Heschel provides a fresh and challenging view on the spiritual life that can enrich Christians as well as Jews.
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Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was/is a privilege to be in the presence of such faith and thoughtfulness
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