Monday, August 13, 2012

Rabbi Heschel's Papers Headed for Duke

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, right, marches with Dr. Martin Luther King
and other civil rights leaders.
Rabbi Heschel was the civil rights leader who coin the phrase
'We Pray With Our Legs'
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Duke University has acquired a collection of the papers of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, including correspondence, publications, documents and photographs which have never been available to scholars.

“The acquisition of the Heschel papers assures scholars that the legacy of social activism, human rights and the highest standards of Judaic scholarship will be central to the pursuit of Jewish studies at Duke and many other places,” said Eric Meyers, the Bernice & Morton Lerner professor of religion and director of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, reported Duke Today. The acquisition was announced Monday.

Heschel, who is recognized as one of the most influential religious leaders of the 20th century, was involved with the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. He famously marched side-by-side with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., and is credited with coining the civil rights slogan, “We pray with our legs.”

The collection includes notes and drafts for nearly all of his published works, as well as correspondence with leading religious figures, including Martin Buber and Reinhold Niebuhr. Also included in the collection are his social documents: correspondence with organizers, speeches and even hate mail. -- JTA via Forward

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