Getting Beyond Ourselves Part 1

Rabbi Shai Held

Heschel and the Meaning of Prayer (Part 5)

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the most influential religious figures of the twentieth century—a prolific scholar, an eloquent and impassioned theologian, and a prominent political activist. Heschel has been hailed as a hero, honored as a visionary, and endlessly quoted as a devotional writer—but what was he really saying? What is his vision of the good life? His conception of God? His understanding of Torah and revelation? His approach to the problem of evil of suffering? And his view of prayer and spirituality? In this series, we'll explore these questions and many more, asking how Heschel can still teach and inspire us and probing both the strengths and the weaknesses of the theology he espoused.