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  • Dying we live [1995]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    2 days ago

    When last I spoke to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he asked if he could borrow my kittel. He was not at home in New York but here in California and it was before the High Holidays. "You know,” he explained "the kittel is part of the tachrichim -- the shrouds in which the dead...

  • Renee Zellweger’s tragic beauty lesson

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    The first time I met her, I could not avert my eyes.

    Renee Zellweger was leaning on a table in the middle of a grand, mahogany library, holding court as if she were the guest of honor at this agency Oscar party, at which there were many honored guests.

    She must have been 42....

  • The Heschel Exchange, part 3: On Kaplan and the God of the Bible

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2014 | 2:53 am

    Rabbi Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Before that, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakha at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of...

  • A Decisive Tension

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 25, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have been thinking about how we live in the tension of the both/and rather than the either/or. Both/And is the state of recognizing the total reality, a way to see the whole picture of living. Either/or is the state of right/wrong, and, in my opinion, a...

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  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • Isaac Asimov, Two Foundations and the Jews

    By Roger Price

    July 12, 2013 | 8:48 am

       Abraham Joshua Heschel, the renowned 20th century philosopher, understood that gaining “control of the world of space” is one of the main tasks of humankind.  The result of the conquest of space is “technical civilization.” But, Heschel argued, “(l)ife goes wrong when the...

  • The serious side of High Holy Days seating

    September 5, 2012 | 11:41 am

    The philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel emphasized time rather than space as the major category of significance in Judaism. The first divine hallowing in creation was the seventh day, the Sabbath, not any place or thing. When the child asked Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, “Where is God?”...

  • Amy Klein’s bibliographical guide for the perplexed

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "To the best of our understanding, God created the universe as an act of love. It was an act of love so immense that the human mind cannot even begin to fathom it. God created the world basically as a vehicle upon which He could bestow His good. But God's love is so great that any...
  • King and Heschel Remembered

    By Elliot Fein

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There is a famous picture taken in Selma, Ala., in 1965 at the site of a historic civil rights march for voter registration.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel is marching in line with Martin Luther King Jr. and a number of other key civil rights demonstrators. At the end of the demonstration,...

  • The Chief of Staff

    By Diane Arieff

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham Joshua Heschel said that he prayed for one thing: the giftof wonder. He prayed for astonishment, for the capacity to besurprised. As he wrote, "I try not to be stale. I try to remainyoung. I have one talent, and that is the capacity to be tremendouslysurprised at life and at...

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