Tag Archives: Abraham Joshua Heschel

Redemption; Wednesday Wisdom

“The world is torn by conflicts, by folly, by hatred.  Our task is to cleanse, to illumine, to repair.  Every deed is either a clash or an aid in the effort of redemption.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Religious Knowledge is the Lowest Form of Knowledge? Wednesday Wisdom

“The Greeks learned in order to comprehend.  The Hebrews learned in order to revere.  The modern man learns in order to use…He feels, acts, and thinks as if the sole purpose of the universe were to satisfy his needs…He has … Continue reading

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Have You Dropped Your Stones? Monday Morning Parable

Come with me this morning and picture this scene.  A temple court packed with thousands of people in 1st century Jerusalem.  A famous sage named Jesus is teaching and some religious leaders bring a woman to him, a woman who … Continue reading

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The Prince of Egypt; Exodus (Part 2)

After the Israelites cried out, God chose a partner to help Him lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt.  Who was this partner and what character traits do we see him exhibit?  One of the first things we see … Continue reading

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An Education in Wonder; Wednesday Wisdom

“We teach the children how to measure, how to weigh.  We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe.  The sense for the sublime, the sign of the inward greatness of the human soul and … Continue reading

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The Ineffable; Wednesday Wisdom

“What smites us with unquenchable amazement is not that which we grasp and are able to convey but that which lies within our reach but beyond our grasp; not the quantitative aspect of nature but something qualitative; not what is … Continue reading

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Words Create Worlds; Monday Morning Parable

A break from the typical parables from the Talmud, Bible, etc. to share a story from Susannah Heschel about her father: “Words, he often wrote, are themselves sacred, God’s tool for creating the universe, and our tools for bringing holiness … Continue reading

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