Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was for many years Professor of Ethics and Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His vision of Judaism is filled with energy, holiness, compassion, and creativity. Some of the central aspects of his spirituality are contained in these two books, which have been reissued. In the first, a 1951 book, Dr. Heschel demonstrates his unique ability to capture the essence of religious ideas and ideals in succinct gems. "Faith is an act of spiritual audacity." Or, "Wonder alone is the compass that may direct us to the pole of meaning." Whereas "Man Is Not Alone" covers the problem of God and the problem of living, "God in Search of Man" is much more comprehensive in its assessment of the partnership between God and human beings. Here Dr. Heschel outlines the markers of spirituality with passages on mystery, wonder, awe, faith, freedom, and the divinity of deeds. With great enthusiasm and imagination, he explicates God, revelation, and the human response. These two paperbacks spell out the rich legacy of Heschel's understanding of the sanctification of life.
Man is Not Alone/God in Search of Man
Two works on this erudite writer's vision of Judaism that is filled with energy, holiness, compassion, and creativity.