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Heschel Conference at UCLA (May 3-4)

A little late, but here’s the program for the big Heschel at UCLA. Looking forward to the gossip. You can find the full schedule here.

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Zigzag (Abraham Joshua Heschel & Visual Thinking)

The author of Visual Thinking (1969), Rudolf Arnheim must have read The Earth is the Lord’s by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Arnheim writes about, “The gestures of ghetto Jews, whose mind are formed by the traditional sophistry of Talmudic thinking, ‘appear … Continue reading

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Heschel Modern (Dots, Marks, & God)

You have to read him with a selective eye. But this little bit of Heschel struck me as very “modern,” when he writes, “…the ineffable is cryptic, inarticulate: dots, marks of secret meaning, scattered hints…” (Man Is Not Alone, p.75). These … Continue reading

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“My People Was Burned to Death in Poland”  (Abraham Joshua Heschel)

A world on fire. And no one cares. Whenever I work through Heschel’s Man is Not Alone, I spend a lot of time on his construction of the ultimate question. It’s not “Is there a God?” It’s not “why is … Continue reading

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(Without the Beard) Modern Abraham Joshua Heschel

I’ve seen the photograph of the very young Heschel on the front cover of Edward Kaplan and Samuel Dresner’s biography, Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophetic Witness. But in this photograph, Heschel is already middle aged. When I stumbled upon the picture online … Continue reading

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Man is Not Alone (Abraham Heschel Modern)

I’m not sure if this is the cover art for the very first edition of Heschel’s Man is Not Alone, but it’s definitely the best. There’s an early cover in yellow with Michelangelo’s  The Creation of Adam. The marketers must … Continue reading

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A Symbol of God or Empty Chair Aniconism (Abraham Joshua Heschel)

The human person must strive to become a symbol of God —  to judge by its twofold repetition this notion seems to constitute the main point of Man’s Quest for God, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s 1954 little book of essays on … Continue reading

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