The Spiritual Audacity of Rabbi Heschel

Once again, we tune into Speaking of Faith, with host Krista Tippett and her guest Arnold Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to discuss the legacy of Rabbi Abraham Heschel.

Heschel has long been one of my heros, and this interview reminds me why.  Tippett and Eisen speak of Heschel role in the civil rights movement, his deep friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., his thoughts on inter-religious dialogue, the prophets, relativism and pluralism and the young.

Heschel is living poetry.  When once asked about the advice he would give to the young, he said, “There is a meaning beyond absurdity.  Let them be sure that every little deed counts; everyone has power.  Let them do their share to redeem the world.  Remember that the meaning of life is to build life as thought it were a work of art.  You are not a machine.  When you are young, start working on this great work of art called your own existence.”

Join us for a remarkable journey of faith and wonder.


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “The Spiritual Audacity of Rabbi Abraham Heschel” Speaking of Faith. Interview with Krista Tippett. American Public Media, December 3, 2009.


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