In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly. My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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In his English [End Page ] writings, Heschel’s style seemed emotional, poetic, and simplistic. Sadly Edah is no more and your review seems to be lost to the vagaries of the internet, any chance you will reprint it here? A basic rule in Israel: Jan 26, Sean marked it as to-read Shelves: The Maximalist and Minimalist Approaches.

Nathan Cardozo rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father’s Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in and mother’s Reizel Perlow Heschel side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties.

Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Moreover, perhaps the very act of translation does injustice to Heschel, a writer who clearly preferred to use different languages for different messages aimed at diverse audiences. Sherry Fyman rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Although I was fascinated by Heschel’s poetic Hebrew style and his theological ideas, I wasn’t drawn to his major English works until I started studying Jewish philosophy at the university.

Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations

Description Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Torzh, and mysticism. This work demonstrates the opposite of Bernard Lonergan’s bon mot about “ideas passed from book to book without any evidence of having gone through a mind.


Aug 13, Jake rated it really liked it Shelves: Jen rated it really liked it Jul 07, Without actually examining the evidence, one can hardly be aware of how intrinsically valid is Heschel’s hermeneutic principle. Going to take my time and learn from Heschel and not just read torxh. To ask other readers questions about Heavenly Torahplease sign up.

Answering these questions would involve a good amount of comparison between Heschel’s English works and TMSa task which has not yet been fully achieved. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Es rated it really liked it Oct 16, May 09, Bookwyrm rated it it was amazing Shelves: Heavenly Torah is thus a major addition to the library of Religious Humanism in our time.

Akiva claimed that Moses ascended to heavenl in order to receive the Torah. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Heschel weaves through his sources and topics brilliantly, and one heshcel help but be convinced by Heschel’s thesis while being wrapped up in the journey. Heschel surveys numerous individual topics which at some point came to the attention of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yishmael or their respective ueschel and students, and shows how their fundamental approaches colored their approach to that issue.

Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Incredible breadth and depth into the meaning of Torah. Originally three volumes in footnoted Hebrew, it’s been translated and edited by Gordon Tucker who added his own footnotes. Sep 23, Craig Bolton added it. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Can a Hegelian synthesis be accomplished? But the unity of the Torah “has its root in the unity of the Will revealed in it.

The translation itself is clear hheavenly avoids archaic renditions of difficult texts.

Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Only after taking some time to calm down and stand back can one evaluate the book in its original, three volumes in a more leveled manner. I think Heschel is moving toward a synthesis of the two, and I hope the church is too.


As Refracted Through the Generations, is a fine introduction. It Is Not in the Heavens. I had to purchase the rest of the volumes on my own, since this book—although rich with erudite discussions on Aggadic literature—was not to be found in the yeshiva’s library. Many of his inferences are stretches of the imagination, and many of the quotes and Talmudic opinions are not necessarily attributable to the “school” that he wishes to attribute them to.

As Refracted Through the Generations. This entry was posted in aggadahjewish thought and tagged a j heschelabraham Heschelalan brillgedalia HaberGordon TuckerHeavenly TorahRabbi Akiva. I believe the message they convey is no petty matter.

Heavenly Torah : As Refracted Through the Generations

For now, I’ll just say that I’ve found it very fruitful reading because I recognize the Ishmaelian and Akivan worldviews as models of worldview factions in the church toda In Heavenly TorahHeschel looks at several important issues of theology and Biblical studies through a dialectical lens, constantly pitting the transcendentalist interpretation of Rabbi Ishmael hesxhel the immanentist thought of Rabbi Akiva.

Tucker torsh Levin deserve great credit for bringing this brilliant work to the modern student of Jewish theology, and especially for their masterful “unpacking” hdavenly contextualization of Heschel’s Scholarly argument. In the 42 years since the first volume of the Hebrew original of Torah Min Hashamayim appeared we have had time to consider the meaning of Rabbi Heschel’s monumental study of rabbinic dualism.