A Passion for Truth

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Macmillan, Jan 1, 1973 - Hasidism - 336 pages
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Explores despair and hope in Hasidism as Heschel experienced it himself through study of the Baal Shem Tov and the Kotzker Rebbe.
  

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Contents

II THE KOTZKER AND KIERKEGAARD
83
III THE POWER OF THE WILL
115
IV RADICALISM
147
V THE BATTLE FOR FAITH
181
VI PERSONALITY
199
VII RESIGNATION
223
VIII DIFFERENCES
237
IX THE KOTZKER AND JOB
261
X THE KOTZKER TODAY
305
Index
325
Index of References
335
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About the author (1973)

Heschel received his doctorate at the Hochschule fur die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin but was deported to Poland by the Nazis in 1938. He went to London in 1940 and after the war accepted a professorship in ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Heschel articulated a depth theology, arguing that the divine-human encounter takes place at a deeper level than is attainable by the rational mind. Reaching out to skeptical Jews and seeking to make Judaism accessible and meaningful in the modern world, Heschel stressed the interdependence of God and humanity, and maintained that God recognizes and supports ethical human action and that humans express their faith through their actions. Heschel lived according to his word and played an active role in social change, including the civil rights movement.

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