Jan 1, Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly. Jun 5, My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Jan 27, In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly.

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It is precisely because he was anchored in a received tradition, with all of its particularities, that he can be a figure of universal importance.

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. One might think of the divine—human relationship as analogous to that of a general and soldier where the power lies with the general and the soldier merely heabenly orders.

The Holy One, as it were, said: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Heschel often cites the midrashic gloss to Isaiah Hfschel these questions would involve a good amount of comparison between Heschel’s English works and TMSa task which has not yet been fully achieved. Nor can they be fully integrated. His seminal works were all written in English, and perhaps his primary goals were to fight Jewish assimilation and strengthen modern Heavehly identity in America, rather than to appeal to the Israeli public.

It was not so much that the various scholars were wrong in their analysis of biblical, rabbinic, kabbalistic, or hasidic theology as that they saw only part of the picture. The Tabernacle and the Sacrifices.

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This distinguishes his scholarship categorically from that of many of his contemporaries. Duties of the Gorah. Heschel’s great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion.


We might have expected that he would incline to the mystical-transcendent pole, but that does not seem to be the case. As Refracted Through the Generations, is a fine introduction. Jeffrey Stackert Limited preview – According to Heschel, R.

Heschel once told me, with his uniquely accurate and typical exaggeration, that every heachel he wrote was a quotation form classical Jewish literature. He organizes his presentation according to rabbinic categories so that the language and structure of the book enable the reader to engage the minds of the sages.

Heavenly Torah differs from mainstream academic approaches in its content as well as its mode of presentation. The English version of the book makes completely transparent the intent and intellectual context of the original-a matter that has been simplified not merely by the clear translation of the texts, citations and footnotes, but by the addition layer of Tucker’s own footnotes and illuminating chapter introductions that make Heschel’s aims wholly clear to the reader-a matter that is sometimes hard to fully grasp with the dense opacity of the Hebrew original Sorry, your blog heavennly share posts by email.

Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism.

Tucker and Levin make the intricacies of Heschel’s thoughts understandable to the reader. This work is like a symphony with many movements. Web Exclusives First Torwh.

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Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. For Heschel, man is not alone because God is in search of man. So the study of Heschel seemed to me a subversive act at the time. Although Heschel is aware of the plurality of opinions shared by the Sages, I found that he nevertheless strives to determine which opinion is correct, according to its compatibility with the simple meaning of the biblical text Peshuto shel Mikra.



Only on the inside title page do we discover the names of the editors and translators. On the contrary, on most theological issues there are at least two resolutions, frequently at odds with each other. Is the Prophet a Partner or a Vessel? How the Torah Was Written. Notify me of new comments via email.

Heschel’s book is never explicitly polemical, but it nevertheless remains a passionate protest against both rigid literalists of Torah and those on the other side who dismiss the Torah as if it were only poetry. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. But on the whole, the introductions to each chapter, the explanatory notes on almost every page including identifying Heschel’s often obscure sources are wonderful aids in working through this massive work.

In the 42 years since the first volume of the Hebrew original of Torah Min Hashamayim appeared we have had time to consider the meaning of Rabbi Heschel’s monumental study of rabbinic dualism. Where others saw dichotomies, Heschel saw polarities. Sometimes whole chapters are in dialectical relationship. Reviews of Heavenly Torah acknowledge Tucker’s contribution, yet they all overlook the problem of translating Heschel’s ideas from one language to another.

Heschel knew and loved these ancient texts, and his expositions of them can help non-Jews to catch the spirit of tofah Judaism and to appreciate the rabbis’ reverences for Scripture, their mental sharpness and their sense for issues that continue to engage both Jewish and Christian theologians today. Heavenly Torah is not a commentary on the rabbinic sources but rather an extension of them.

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