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Spiritual RadicalAbraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972$
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Edward K. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115406.001.0001

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A Prophetic Witness (1960–1963)

A Prophetic Witness (1960–1963)

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Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Heschel's entry into a new phase of public life as a speaker on the national scene. He was pushed into public events by former students who now held influential positions. Wolfe Kelman was executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, and Marc Tanenbaum, Kelman's close friend, was executive director of interfaith relations at the Synagogue Council of America, an umbrella group that represented all Jewish denominations. Separately and together, the two acted as Heschel's impresarios. Heschel also had Samuel Dresner, now a pulpit rabbi and editor of Conservative Judaism, and two former students who had joined the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Although Heschel lacked institutional support, he did have a network. Despite all this, he still needed encouragement as an orator.

Keywords:   public life, speaker, national scene, Wolfe Kelman, Marc Tanenbaum, Jewish denominations

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