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Abraham Joshua Heschel

(1907 - )

    Biography:

    Polish Jewish Religious Leader

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    A human being must be valued by how many times he was able to see the world from a new perspective.
    A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of thought... Through the ecstasy of deeds he learns to be certain of the hereness of God. Right living is a way to right thinking.
    A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of thought: to surpass his needs, to do more than he understands in order to understand more than he does… Through the ecstasy of deeds he learns to be certain of the presence of God.
    A moment of awe is a moment of self-consecration. They who sense the wonder share in the wonder. They who keep holy the things that are holy shall themselves become holy.
    A person cannot be religious and indifferent to other human beings’ plight and suffering.
    A person cannot honor that which does not affect his finer sensibilities, his conscience, his sense of meaning.
    A person cannot see the beauty of life unless he remembers that the Finite (Sof) and the Infinite (Ein Sof) kiss each other; that the One who is enthroned on high is concerned with all below. We live always at one with eternity. Eternal life has been planted in our midst.
    A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
    An act is not good because we feel obliged to do it; it is rather that we feel obliged to do it because it is good.
    An act of injustice is condemned, not because the law is broken, but because a person has been hurt.
    First Name: 
    Abraham Joshua
    Last Name: 
    Heschel
    Birth Date: 
    1907
    Death Date: 
    1972
    Bio: 
    Polish Jewish Religious Leader