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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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Architecture of a New Theology (1944–1945)

Architecture of a New Theology (1944–1945)

(p.51) 4 Architecture of a New Theology (1944–1945)
Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the time when Heschel attended the American Jewish Conference, a meeting of major organizations that took place at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The delegates clashed during the conference, barely managing to agree that Palestine should be designated the national homeland for millions of Jewish refugees. Even more divisive was the problem of how to save Jews in Poland and Germany. Heschel helplessly looked on as infighting brought a rescue resolution to defeat. These notables of American Jewry could not even agree to support an interdenominational emergency committee. He was appalled. Heschel was more heartened by the aggressive campaign of Rabbi Eliezer Silver's emergency rescue committee, the Va'ad Hatzalah. By 1943, when the full extent of Hitler's “final solution” had become widely acknowledged, Silver sought to rescue every Jew he could.

Keywords:   national homeland, American Jewish Conference, Palestine, Jewish refugees, American Jewry, Rabbi Eliezer

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