Moral grandeur and spiritual audacity essays

Just as humanity is more than a set of principles, so is Judaism more than a set of dogmas. Suspiciousness, not skepticism, is the beginning of our thinking. We are either the last, the dying, Jews or else we are those who will give new life to our tradition.

Its understanding cannot be attained in the comfort of playing a chess game of theories. It is as real as a law that operates in history, preceding the vicissitudes of contemplation. What we have seen in the lives of our people is so much greater than what we will ever be able to say.

The surface may seem to be gnarled and hard like the branches of an ancient tree, but our faith, suffering, striving cut the crust of dogma off the soft, growing cells. It does not lend itself to be a subject of reflection for armchair philosophers.

It was Man Is Not Alone which led Reinhold Niebuhr accurately to predict that Heschel would "become a commanding and authoritative voice not only in the Jewish community but in the religious life of America.

What is at stake in our lives is more than the fate of one generation. Judaism is our genesis, not our wisdom; it is notgrist for the mill of a mind.

Moral grandeur and spiritual audacity : essays

God in Search of Man combines scholarship with lucidity, reverence, and compassion as Dr. To be a Jew is to be committed to the experience of great ideas, "to act and to hear. We explore Jewish literature because we love and affirm Jewish living.

We have not invented it. This book, conceived during his lifetime, is offered as an introduction to his thought and to his profound understanding of the agonies of modern society.

Goodhill "Philosophy may be defined as the art of asking the right questions In she was the Martin Buber visiting professor of Jewish religious philosophy at the University of Frankfurt ; she has also taught at the University of Edinburghthe University of Cape Townand Princeton University.

It is a matter of immense responsibility that we here and Jewish teachers everywhere have undertaken to instill in our youth the will to be Jews today, tomorrow, and forever and ever. In exposing ourselves to God we discover the divine in ourselves and its correspondence to the divine beyond ourselves.Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays by Abraham Joshua Heschel 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.

Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (review) Aaron Gross Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 26, Number 1, Fallpp. (Review). May 16,  · Read Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity by Abraham Joshua Heschel by Abraham Joshua Heschel by Abraham Joshua Heschel for free with a 30 day free trial.

Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android/5(6). Get this from a library! Moral grandeur and spiritual audacity: essays. [Abraham Joshua Heschel; Susannah Heschel] -- Gathers essays by the Jewish scholar, activist, and theologian about Judaism, Jewish heritage, social justice, ecumenism, faith, and prayer.

Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity

The essays cover all aspects of Judaism; words of compassion and mercy from the most widely revered American rabbi and spiritual teacher of his generation.

An appendix includes two interviews with Heschel. 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. To ask other readers questions about Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity /5.

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