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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 Pluralistic Legacy

A Pluralistic Legacy

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Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

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This chapter shows the diverse individuals and communities Heschel inspired, and how they, at the time of his death, began immediately to honor him and promote his ideals. It was on Shabbat morning that Sylvia and Susannah discovered Heschel's lifeless body. They rushed downstairs to tell the doorman and also went to Saul Lieberman, who lived in the building. They then began to call Christian friends, who would not be in synagogue. Richard John Neuhaus was among the first. Sylvia Heschel also telephoned the Berrigan brothers and asked them to come at once and remain until others arrived. As a final irony, Heschel's death was accompanied by Nixon's “Christmas bombings” of North Vietnam. That very morning, 23 December 1972, page 1 of the New York Times announced: “U.S. to Continue Bombing; Says Next Move Is Hanoi's.”

Keywords:   communities, Saul Lieberman, Richard John Neuhaus, Berrigan brothers, Christmas bombings, Nixon

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