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Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972

Edward K. Kaplan


Born in Warsaw, raised in a Hasidic community, and reaching maturity in secular Jewish Vilna and cosmopolitan Berlin, Abraham Joshua Heschel escaped Nazism and immigrated to the United States in 1940. This book tells the story of his life and work in America, his politics and personality, and how he came to influence not only Jewish debate but also wider religious and cultural debates in the postwar decades. A sequel to his biography of Heschel's early years, this book draws on previously unseen archives, FBI files, interviews with people who knew Heschel, and analyses of his extensive writing ... More

Keywords: Warsaw, Hasidic community, Vilna, Berlin, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Nazism, spiritual radicalism, Hebrew prophets, Pope Paul VI, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300115406
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward K. Kaplan, author