Heschel’s poetry

Heschel’s poetry


Unquestionably, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the great religious figures of the 20th century. He was also one of the most important social critics of his time: an outspoken civil rights advocate, anti-war activist, renowned philosopher, scholar, teacher and mystic.

But in the beginning, and some would argue in the end, he was a poet.

EVERY WORD HAS POWER: THE POETRY OF RABBI ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL celebrates Heschel’s words with a concert performance of ten of his poems set to music by noted singer, composer and musician Basya Schechter. This one-hour documentary includes interviews with Dr. Susannah Heschel, Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College; Peter Geffen, founder of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School; Rabbi Shai Held, author, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence; and Dr. Edward Kaplan, author, Spiritual Radical, Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972.


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