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.