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Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Theologians
Residence: Warsaw
Country: Polish
BirthDay: 11 January 1907
Sigh: Aquarius
Died On: December 23, 1972
Education: 1933 - Humboldt University of Berlin

Abraham Joshua Heschel was bornon 11 January 1907 in Warsaw, Polish, is Rabbi. Born in a family of eminent rabbis, Abraham's path in life was pre-determined. He received a Jewish upbringing and upheld Judaism as the way of life. He took up the noble profession of teaching and in the due course developed his own views on the actual meaning of spirituality and religion. He did an extensive study of the ancient Jewish scriptures 'Talmud' and 'Torah' and belonged to the reformed Jewish cult. Drawing roots from the traditional philosophies, the reformed Judaism was a modern take on the existing principles governing the Jewish faith. According to Herschel, the divine can be encountered only by serving the living. He also believed that a relation with the almighty can be established only by means of good deeds. As a part of the social cause, he actively demonstrated against the discrimination meted out to the blacks in America during the Civil War. Having suffered the wrath of wars, he strongly condemned the attack on Vietnam. He published many works on Jewish philosophy during his tenure at the ‘Jewish Theological Seminary’. The works catered to many aspects of Judaism like the ‘Kabbalah’ and ‘Halakhah’ (The Jewish Law). To know more about the life and works of Heschel read on


He held the post of a Professor at ‘JTS’ until his untimely death on 23rd December, 1972


A collection of his essays, titled, translated from Hebrew to English, was published in 1966


‘Torah min HaShamayim’ which was also released in the year 1962, draws comparison between the classic rabbinical literature and the rituals which govern Jewish laws


Ten years later in 1956, the couple was blessed with a daughter


This Rabbi published a compilation titled ‘God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism’, in 1955


In the year 1951, two of his works ‘The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man’ and ‘Man is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion’ were published


After serving five years at the ‘HUC’, he assumed the position at ‘JTS’ in 1946


After a brief stay in London, he moved to New York City in 1940, where he taught at the ‘Hebrew Union College’


He was successful in escaping from Poland to London before the Nazi invasion of 1939, but he lost most of his family in the war, who were either tortured or killed by the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police force


Before the onset of World War II, when Germany was abolishing the Jews from the country, the Rabbi was deported to Poland in 1938


In 1937, Abraham headed the ‘Judisches Lehrhaus’, an important adult education centre of Jewish learning, in Frankfurt


In tune with the family traditions, Joshua received education in a conventional Jewish institution, commonly known as ‘Yeshiva’, and later pursued his doctorate in formal Semicha (Rabbi Ordination), from the ‘University of Berlin’, in 1934


He stated his career in 1933 with a poetry group named ‘Jung Vilna’, and came up with a collection of poems called ‘Der Shem Hamefoyrosh: Mentsch’ in the traditional Jewish language


In 1916, the children lost their father Mordechai, who was suffering from Influenza


Descending from a lineage of prominent Hasidic families of Europe, Abraham Joshua Heschel was born in the town of Warsaw, Poland, on 11th January 1907

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