Dr. Susannah Heschel will join us on Zoom to discuss her father's deep commitment to human rights, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and his vision of a Jewish spirituality that combines the inner life with social and political commitment.
Selma: an iconic site in American history and an iconic moment in Jewish history. “I felt my legs were praying.” With those words describing his experience of the Selma march of 1965, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary, transformed a political march into a moment of profound religiosity.
What shaped Abraham Joshua Heschel, as a scholar, activist, rabbi and human being? Why did he view the Selma march in religious terms? Rabbi Heschel exemplified the very best of Judaism and yet also speaks to people of a range of faiths, all around the world.
This lecture will introduce aspects of Rabbi Heschel’s public and private life as well as some of his key teachings.