Great Writers of the 20th Century: Abraham Joshua Heschel
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was perhaps the most significant Jewish theologian of the 20th century. His daughter, Susannah Heschel explored the legacy left both to her and to Jewish life a century after his birth and shared some rare footage of the man who was able to build bridges between prayer and politics. Many will remember the picture of him striding alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., in the protest march at Selma, Alabama. Mrs. Coretta Scott King, in recalling that event, called Heschel "one of the great men of our time."
Susannah Heschel holds the Eli Black Chair in Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, USA. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has also written extensively on feminist issues related to Jewish Studies and edited a classic collection, On Being a Jewish Feminist, first published in 1983. She has also published and edited her father's Essays.
Jeremy Gordon is the Rabbi of St. Albans Masorti Synagogue. He considers himself a ‘kli sheni’ - many of his teachers, at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, were Heschel’s students. He has taught on Heschel’s poetry, politics and prophesy in New York and London.
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