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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Jews and Gun Violence: An Update

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Jews around the United States have had reignited (for lack of a better phrase) the prophetic aspect of their communal leadership. Rabbis are standing, walking, preaching, and lobbying with interfaith coalitions and political alliances to save live from the scourge of gun violence.

Blacks and Jews in America: Fifty Years Later

Rev. Paul S. Briggs | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Paul S. Briggs

Fifty years later, a faith-based partnership of Blacks and Jews laboring side by side as Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched, and as Cheney, Goodman and Schwerner died, could go a long way toward leading America closer to making Dr. King's dream real for all Americans.

Expectations, Despair, and Amazement

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I met a sweet soul for the first time this morning. In the end, I have no idea how our conversation might help him, but it prompted this reflection, for his sake, and for the sake of many, many others.

The Meaning of This Hour: Confronting the Coming Cataclysm of Global Climate Change

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Climate change is one of the greatest moral disasters of human history, because the people who will suffer the most have been the least responsible for its cause. Those of us in the developed countries somehow think that we will escape its results, turning away from the hundreds of millions who will be caught in the whirlwind of misery that is coming.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Praying on our Feet, 50 Years Later

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

Only 10 days after that Rabbinical Assembly convention, Dr. King was assassinated. But among Dr. King's many legacies, his Mosaic role in the rebirth of Jewish faith after the Holocaust lives on for the Jewish community every day through this day.

The Storms We Chase

Chris Fici | Posted 09.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Fici

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe power that Mama Nature has over us is a constant reminder of the dark and the light in our personal spiritual journey.

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue

Ron Kronish | Posted 09.20.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Developing and maintaining a just society is an ideal goal towards which we should aspire. But doing so systematically and sensitively is far from easy. And the Rule of Law, while it keeps order in society, does not always lead to equal justice for all of its citizens.

Of Guilt and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

"Few are guilty, but all are responsible" is not a principle that can be applied in a court of law. However, without a recognition of this prophetic call, much of the greater aspirations of our country remain out of reach.

A New Play on Heschel

Eboo Patel | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Eboo Patel

Like all important works of art, Greer's play leads with story, aspires to beauty, and avoids didactic lessons. This is a work about history and faith, about how maddeningly long it takes for religious traditions to change, and about how inspiring it is that they do so at all.

Could You Have Danced All Night?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

My daughter doesn't remember Rabbi Heschel or Dr. King, but she knows the story of liberation that we tell every year, And some day she will tell the story of being a small part of the second inauguration of President Obama to her children.

What Makes A Miracle?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 03.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

All of the elements in pregnancy, the whole process, truly seems "miraculous," and yet it happens thousands of times each and every day. So if it is so common, how could it be "miraculous"?

Heschel And King: Living The Exodus Legacy

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

As we continue our journey through the book of Exodus, reading about the triumphs and travails of the Israelites in their march to freedom, let us also pause to reflect on the legacies of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr., two great modern advocates of compassion and justice.

From Senate Seat Or Pew, You Can't Monopolize God

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Mia Appelbaum

Why do Republicans of this fundamentalist strand feel they have a monopoly on God? Isn't it convenient that God always comes down so definitively on the side of their beliefs?

'Voices & Visions': The Design Of Great Jewish Ideas

Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." This pearl of wisdom from Martin Buber could apply to taking a visual tri...

Conserve Or Transform: Religion’s Dilemma

David M. Gordis | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
David M. Gordis

We need to nurture our ability to hear as well as to speak, to learn as well as to teach, and to do our best to enhance the quality of life for all people. This requires a radical transformation in our understanding of the meaning of religious truth.

Passover Is A Time To Renew Jewish-African American Common Cause

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

The Israelites may have left Egypt, but in many ways, we still experience Egypt. Humans still treat people who are different as "other." Until that stops, we are all still enslaved to prejudice and its consequences.

A Jewish Eco-Theology

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

We are created in the image of God, but we are not God. Humanity's unparalleled wisdom and power needs to be tempered by humility.

The Beauty In Science And The Beauty In Judaism

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 01.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

But what's fascinating is that two of elements -- curiosity and awe -- are two of the driving forces behind both science and Judaism. They are what lead us to see their inherent beauty.

Ethical Responsibility And Climate Change: We're All In The Same Boat

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said, "Above all, the prophets remind us of the moral state of a people: Few are guilty, but all are responsible."

Reviving Hebrew

Mira Sucharov | Posted 07.22.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

There is much hand-wringing over Jewish continuity, but less attention paid to Jewish literacy. One factor that is especially neglected -- to our peril -- is the centrality of Hebrew language knowledge.

The Song Of Songs: Passover's Poetic Wonder

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

One of my favorite Passover rituals is the reading in synagogue of the biblical book the Song of Songs. Its images evoke spring and are perfect for this season of rebirth.

Why 'Do You Believe in God?' Is The Wrong Question To Ask

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When you're asking a question with an expected answer, and that answer is the opposite of what you hope it will be, there's no constructive dialogue. It simply comes off as a judgmental attack.

Rabbis, Rev. King And Revolution

Robyn Carolyn Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robyn Carolyn Price

The sounds of Muslims and Christians in Tahrir Square praying and protesting echoes a transformational moment when Jewish rabbis risked their lives to protect Black Americans.

Selma And Salamah: Egyptian Voices For Peace As The Fruit Of Justice

Ingrid Mattson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ingrid Mattson

Like Rabbi Heschel and Dr. King, the Egyptian protesters moved beyond parochial religious identities to come together to call for a peace in a place where it has been long denied.