Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972

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Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel taught at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He was also a highly visible public figure as a lecturer and activist for civil rights and the anti-war movement protesting U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He fam ously marched side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. at Selma, and was a key figure in convincing King to embrace the antiwar movement. Heschel was also a co-founder of Clergy Concerned About Vietnam (later Clergy and Laity Concerned), which grew into a major vehicle for organized protest. Heschel served as a Jewish liaison with the Vatican during the Second Vatican Council, playing a crucial role in persuading the Vatican to eliminate anti-Jewish references from its liturgy. A close friend and associate of the Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, Heschel was also an important conduit for dialogue between Jewish and Christian communities in the U.S. His theological works have exerted an enduring influence on observant Jews and on Jewish education, as well as on religious education generally, in the United States and throughout the world. Many of his important works have remained continually in print for decades.

From the guide to the Abraham Joshua Heschel papers, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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referencedIn Sound Recordings Relating to Children and Youth, 1960 - 1960 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. records, 1899-2003 (bulk 1945-1989). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Pfeiffer, Robert H. (Robert Henry), 1892-1958. Papers, 1911-1958. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
Sound Recordings Relating to Children and Youth, 1960 - 1960 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Clergy and Laity Concerned (U.S.). Records, 1966-1981. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
creatorOf McHarg, Ian L. Ian L. McHarg papers, 1942-2001. University of Pennsylvania, Architectural Archives
referencedIn Yeshiva University. Records, 1840-[ca. 1979], 1895-[ca. 1979] (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Herbert H. Lehman Institute of Talmudic Ethics. Records, 1958-1966 ; 1958-1959 (bulk). Ocean County College Library, OCC Library
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. records, 1899-2003, 1945-1989 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Philip Lax, papers, undated, 1915, 1917, 1944-2003, 2005-2008 (bulk 1970s-1980s) American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Bernard J. Bamberger Papers., 1909-1979. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Heschel Abraham National Archives at New York City (U.S.)
referencedIn Kestenbaum, Jacob. Papers, 1938-1956. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Sound Recordings Relating to Children and Youth. 1960 - 1960. Appraising Ideals and Values in the Changing World of Children and Youth
referencedIn George Eisler papers, 1940-1944 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Photographs and Sound Recordings
referencedIn Scott Millross Buchanan papers, 1911-1972. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1967. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Abraham Joshua Heschel papers David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Sound Recordings Relating to Children and Youth. 1960 - 1960. Appraising Ideals and Values in the Changing World of Children and Youth
referencedIn Jewish Theological Seminary of America. General Files. Records, 1902-1972. 1940-1972 (bulk). Ocean County College Library, OCC Library
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correspondedWith Bamberger, Bernard Jacob, 1904-1980 person
correspondedWith Buchanan, Scott Millross, 1895-1968 person
associatedWith Clergy and Laity Concerned (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Eisler, George person
associatedWith Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. corporateBody
employeeOf Hebrew Union College corporateBody
employeeOf Jewish Theological Seminary of America corporateBody
associatedWith Jewish Theological Seminary of America. General Files. corporateBody
associatedWith Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Herbert H. Lehman Institute of Talmudic Ethics. corporateBody
associatedWith Kestenbaum, Jacob. person
associatedWith King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 person
associatedWith Lax, Philip, 1920-2012 person
associatedWith McHarg, Ian L. person
associatedWith Pfeiffer, Robert H. (Robert Henry), 1892-1958 person
associatedWith Stanford University. Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Yeshiva University. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Warsaw 78 PL
New York City NY US
Subject
Civil right activists
Theologians
Jewish philosophers
Occupation
Professor
Theologians
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Rabbis
Philosophers
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Birth 1907-01-11

Death 1972-12-23

Americans

English,

Yiddish,

Hebrew,

German

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