For Heaven's Sake

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Vallentine Mitchell, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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Rabbi Cyril Harris has has a huge impact on Jewish life wherever he has ministered to Orthodox Jewry. Indeed his influence has extended far beyond the various communities that he has served; there is no question that, today he must be considered among the most influential Jews in Rabbinical circles. For Heaven's Sake: The Chief Rabbi's Diary is an insightful, compassionate and properly inspired look at Jewish life in it's many forms. To call it a book of pastoral musings or reflections would do it an injustice. Similarly, the Rabbi's observations and comments go far beyond our conventional idea of a diary. The Rabbi has never been shy or lacking a sense of humour. His book reflects his critical, questioning mind at every turn; it is imbued throughout with his amused regard for the world at large and his wide ranging flock in particular. On every page the warmth of the man and his deeply held spiritual conviction shine through. Rabbi Harris has the gift of the born story teller. He writes in a style accessible to Jew and non-Jew alike. His message is that of humanity's concern for one another; each story carries with it a principle of care. Rabbi Harris has played an important role in the new, transforming and reforming South Africa. He has given a rabbinic sanction to the principles of political activism that opposed Apartheid and combined to side with the forces of change for a non-racial democracy. The Chief Rabbi's diary skillfully pulls together the religious and spiritual life of a man of God and the temporal convictions of a man who cares deeply about the plight of others - whoever they might be. It resonates with the Jewish toast: To Life!

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About the author (2001)

Cyril M. Harris, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. A professor at Columbia since 1952, he has taught in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he served as chairperson of the Division of Architectural Technology for 10 years. Dr. Harris has achieved international recognition for his work in noise control and auditorium design. He received the AIA Medal of the American Institute of Architects; the Gold Medal, as well as the W. C. Sabine Medal, of the Acoustical Society of America; the Gold Medal of the Audio Engineering Society; and the Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute. Dr. Harris is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T.

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