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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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Stronger Than Death (1969–1971)

Stronger Than Death (1969–1971)

(p.338) 18 Stronger Than Death (1969–1971)
Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Heschel's last years, during which he focused on his spiritual and ethical legacy, while continuing his fervent antiwar activities. To that end, he accepted a great many speaking engagements and gave numerous interviews. His two books on the Kotzker rebbe, his last, were his most personal, almost confessional in tone and content. In them, Heschel expressed his negative feelings more freely than he ever had previously. The Vietnam War remained a constant source of pain to Heschel even as he persisted in dispersing his energies among several projects. However, he could not maintain the intensity of his life without bringing on a crisis. The constant, sometimes frantic, activity of his final years ended in his untimely death.

Keywords:   ethical legacy, antiwar activities, Kotzker rebbe, Vietnam War

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