Abraham Joshua Heschel

Abraham Joshua
Heschel
1907
1972

Polish Jewish Religious Leader

Author Quotes

We teach children how to measure, how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe. The sense of the sublime, the sign of the inward greatness of the human soul and something which is potentially given to all men, is now a rare gift.

The course of life in unpredictable, no one can write his autobiography in advance.

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.

Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.

Faith is not something that we acquire once and for all. Faith is an insight that must be acquired at every single moment.

The meaning of man's life lies in his perfecting the universe. He has to distinguish, father and redeem the sparks of holiness scattered throughout the darkness of the world. This service is the motive of all precepts and good deeds.

Author Picture
First Name
Abraham Joshua
Last Name
Heschel
Birth Date
1907
Death Date
1972
Bio

Polish Jewish Religious Leader