Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The original name of this blog, that first came out in 1997 was The Graven Image Journal...taken from the great Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century...who said in one of his writings that God broke His own commandment when He created man and woman in His own image...just that thought alone is enough to give you an insight into the remarkable thought of this great figure of the last century.

From USA Today:

This year at the centennial of Heschel's birth, Jews and gentiles alike are remembering him as more than one of the most influential theologians of the 20th
century. For people of varied backgrounds, he also is an enduring role
For the centennial, academics will debate Heschel's significance at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., on March 11-12. Another conference is Sept. 7-9 at the Thomas Merton Center at Ballarmine University in Louisville. Yale University Press will release Volume 2 of his biography.
Scholars will have plenty to discuss. Heschel's classic titles, including The Prophets and God in Search of Man, have made him a staple of undergraduate courses on religion.
Yet unlike his colleagues at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary, who
commonly regarded God as a set of abstract principles, Heschel wrote passionately about the Sabbath and the quest for a personal God in ways that earned him a broad appeal.
"Heschel's central idea … was a God of pathos, a God of emotions, a God who cares about human history and what human beings do, even individuals," says biographer Edward Kaplan of Brandeis. "It's a kind of astounding doctrine."