Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

What Would Heschel Do?

‘We can’t walk away from the table’ on Black Lives Matter, says a centrist communal leader.

09/07/2016 - 08:55
Editor and Publisher

Stung by the Black Lives Matter platform that condemns Israel in unfair and malevolent terms, calling it “genocidal” and an “apartheid state,” many in our community have noted with lingering pride that Jews were at the forefront of the civil rights movement, most notably during the 1960s. The most tangible example of that alliance may well be an iconic photograph of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading theologian and philosopher of his time, marching along with Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., at a voting rights demonstration in 1965, symbolizing their close bond and the strong ties between Jews and blacks at the time.

Gary Rosenblatt

Premiering This Weekend: A Heschel Documentary On ABC-TV

If the child is the father of the man, what then is the young adult? In the case of theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, his poetry in Yiddish – penned in his early 20s –- provides the first glimpse of his greatness.

Courtesy Diva Communications

Israel Critic Cornel West To Speak At UCLA Heschel Forum, Despite Protests

04/22/2015 - 20:00

Academic and author Cornel West, an outspoken critic of Israel, will remain as a speaker at a UCLA conference honoring the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, despite protests from the campus Jewish community.

King And Heschel: Moral Grandeur And Spiritual Audacity

01/13/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On June 16, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel sent a telegram to President John F. Kennedy accepting an invitation to attend a meeting of religious leaders to discuss the growing racial tensions in the country. It read in part:

The author, right, with Mickey Shur (now Rabbi Moshe Shur), center, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wrestling With Heschel

Shai Held takes on the iconic rabbi’s theology and spirituality in new biography.

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Culture Editor

When Rabbi Shai Held was a college freshman, the late Professor Isadore Twersky told his seminar class, in a moment of candor, that Maimonides had been his life companion. Rabbi Held recalls that he found the comment strange, but now, decades later, he understands. For Rabbi Held, it is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel with whom he has spent considerable time, whether reading his works, wrestling with his ideas, or teaching about him — and finding his words overwhelmingly beautiful, challenging or even infuriating.

Rabbi Shai Held says his biography of Heschel is “sympathetic and critical.”  Courtesy of Indiana University Press

Pluralism In A Post-Pluralistic World

05/13/2012 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week


The Conservative Movement is in crisis.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism estimates that from 1985 to 2009, 175 affiliated congregations have dispersed or merged with other denominations. The movement’s branch of day schools, the Solomon Schechter schools, has had the sharpest enrollment decline out of any denominational schools with a 3.8 percent decrease from 2010 to 2011, and since 1998, 20 Conservative day schools have shut down nationwide.

The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

03/10/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

At work, we consistently offer positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to others to improve the quality of our collective efforts. From a Jewish perspective, we are not only concerned with the efficacy of our work but also the ethics of the workplace. In addition to personal accountability, all Jewish workers have a sacred duty to be a moral presence as well.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek.

The American Jewish Vote: Not All About Israel

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Whether or not a candidate for public office supports the state of Israel is important to American Jews, but it is not the only issue we care about.

Indeed, in 2012 it is highly likely that all major Presidential candidates will be pro-Israel, so American Jewish voters can concentrate on voting for the candidate who best embodies the principles of the Torah and the American republic.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

Not Getting To The Mountaintop

Richard Dreyfuss finds parallels between himself and Abraham Joshua Heschel as he plays the rabbi in downscaled show.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 On the surface, no two people seem farther apart than the movie star from Beverly Hills and the famous German refugee rabbi. But Richard Dreyfuss, now appearing as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in Colin Greer’s “Imagining Heschel” at the Cherry Lane Theater, feels a profound kinship with the character he plays.

Dreyfuss as Heschel: Was Vatican mission a failure?
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