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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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Vulnerable Prophet (1964–1965)

Vulnerable Prophet (1964–1965)

(p.258) 14 Vulnerable Prophet (1964–1965)
Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how Heschel struggled to reconcile his public persona as a voice of the Hebrew prophets with his human weaknesses. Faced with the possibility of failing in his mission to end the Catholic Church's anti-Jewish teachings, he was filled with tension, as were most Jewish advocates and their allies. Opposition from within the Jewish community exacerbated his normal uncertainties. The situation worsened on 3 September 1964, two weeks before the opening of the Ecumenical Council's third session, when another crisis occurred. Supporters of the Jewish cause were disconcerted by the unauthorized publication of the revised draft of the Vatican text on the Jews in the New York Herald Tribune. This leak showed all the signs of being calculated.

Keywords:   public persona, Hebrew prophets, Jewish community, anti-Jewish teachings, Ecumenical Council, Vatican text

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