poet

Reclaiming Heschel

01/09/1998
Staff Writer
He was accused of being too political. Others said he was too spiritual. Certainly he melded the ancient wisdom of the prophets with a modern sensibility to become the symbol of Jewish social action in America during the turbulent 1960s. When Abraham Joshua Heschel barely escaped Nazi Europe in 1940, the 33-year-old scholar began teaching at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. There he found himself disregarded as a chasidic traditionalist out of step with the Reform movement’s modern, non-observant world.

Tangled Up In Rav Kook

04/02/2008
Associate Editor

Nobody knows what goes on between two people, not even the two people. On Itzchak Marmorstein’s birthday, in 1980, his wife Sharon gave him a gift: an anthology of Abraham Isaac Kook, mystic, poet, and the first chief rabbi of the Yishuv, the early 20th- century settlements that were to become the State of Israel.
The next summer, “we were renting a cottage
Values To Heal America

Aufbau: Donít Stop The Presses

04/16/1999
Staff Writer
Henreich Heine, the German-Jewish poet, wrote more than a century ago, ìder vorhang fallt, das stuck ist aus,î the curtain falls, the play is done. Then, in that tragic coda, the ax fell, too. Yet the drama goes on, a few German-Jews puttering around on a stage they refuse to leave, enchanted by that language.ìWir haben viel fur einander gefuhlt,î how deeply we were wrapped in each otherís lives, wrote Heine.
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