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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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Hebrew Union College (1941–1943)

Hebrew Union College (1941–1943)

(p.19) 2 Hebrew Union College (1941–1943)
Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Heschel's first complete academic year at Hebrew Union College. As in his previous year, he held the lowest position open to the refugee scholars who were not official members of the faculty: fellow in Jewish philosophy. Similarly, Heschel's teaching was limited for the most part to basic courses. As the specialist in medieval Jewish philosophy, he offered an introductory course and an advanced seminar on Hasdai Crescas's Or Adonai. Eleven students enrolled in his philosophy course. He also taught elementary Hebrew language—“cursory Hebrew reading” to six students. He found the classroom intellectually stultifying. The refugee professors were welcomed sympathetically, but it was no secret that they did not fit in.

Keywords:   refugee scholars, Hebrew Union College, Jewish philosophy, Hebrew reading, Hasdai Crescas

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