Wonder, Prophecy, and Creativity
The Religious Worldviews of Rabbis Heschel and Soloveitchik

Shai Held

The following lectures explore the theological worldviews of Rabbis Abraham Joshua Heschel and Joseph Soloveitchik. Beggining with Heschel, Shai Held discusses: a) the meaning of wonder and radical amazement, and their connection to a sense of commandedness; b) Heschel's belief in a personal God and his idea that God is "in search of man"; c) the meaning of prophecy, and how prophets can serve as role models for our own religious lives; d) the problem of evil and how it affected Heschel's relationship with God;and e) the life of prayer, and our attempt to overcome self-centeredness. Then turning to Soloveitchik the lectures focus especially on the idea of the human being as creator, and on how that plays out in a variety of Soloveitchik's writings. The lectures both introduce Heschel and Soloveitchik on their own terms, and introduce a vocabulary for thinking about their own religious commitments and obligations.

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Life and Wonder
(audio/mpeg, 28.82MB)

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Wonder vs. Radical Amazement
(audio/mpeg, 21.68MB)

Abraham Joshua Heschel: From Heschel's World to the Universal
(audio/mpeg, 15.45MB)
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Wonder, Revelation, Rambam and the God Notion
(audio/mpeg, 29.04MB)
Abraham Joshua Heschel: A God Who Cares
(audio/mpeg, 19.67MB)
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophecy and Spirituality
(audio/mpeg, 19.42MB)
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Torah Min HaShamayim and Revelation
(audio/mpeg, 18.15MB)

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Halakhah and Aggadah
(audio/mpeg, 20.75MB)
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Keva and Kavannah in Jewish Prayer
(audio/mpeg, 18.17MB)

Joseph Soloveitchik
(audio/mpeg, 17.51MB)
Joseph Soloveitchik
(audio/mpeg, 26.75MB)

Joseph Soloveitchik
(audio/mpeg, 14.42MB)

Joseph Soloveitchik: Shlichut
(audio/mpeg, 24.57MB)

Joseph Soloveitchik: Majesty and Humility
(audio/mpeg, 30.61MB)

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