Monday, September 3, 2012

Opinion: Why Heschel is relevant to modern Israel: An interview with Dror Bondi

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, second right, participating in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.,
on March 21, 1965. Photo from Dartmouth Department of Religion
Israelis who are satisfied with their situation — personally or nationally, socially or religiously — indeed do not need Heschel. Heschel is relevant only for seekers of change, only for those who cannot accept anymore what was relevant until today. In this sense, Heschel is not a rabbi, but a prophet: not one who engages in bequeathing the Jewish past — neither the religious, nor the national, nor the cultural — but one who calls for a renewal in the relations between God and Israel. -- Shmuel Rosner, Rosner's Domain blog via JewishJournal

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