Ineffable Name of God: Man  - Poems in Yiddish and English

Ineffable Name of God: Man - Poems in Yiddish and English

Paperback Language: English / Yiddish

By (author) Abraham Joshua Heschel, By (author) Morton M. Leifman, By (author) Edward K. Kaplan

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 206 pages
  • Language: English / Yiddish
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826418937
  • ISBN 13: 9780826418937
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 855,235

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These 66 poems, here in English and Yiddish on facing pages, were collected in the first book Abraham Joshua Heschel ever published. They appeared in Warsaw in 1933 when Heschel was 26 years old and still a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Berlin. Written between 1927 and 1933-and never published in English before-this is the intimate spiritual diary of a devout European Jew, loyal to the revelation at Sinai and afflicted with reverence for all human beings. These poems sound themes that will resonate throughout Heschel's later popular writings: human holiness, a passion for truth, awe and wonder before nature, God's quest for righteousness, solidarity with the downtrodden, and unwavering commitment to tikkun olam. In these poems we also discover a young man's acute loneliness, dismay at God's distance, and dreams of spiritual and sensual intimacy with a woman.

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Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a pre-eminent scholar, acclaimed spiritual writer, and prophetic activist. He was a professor of ethics and mysticism at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

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these 66 poems present the formative writing of one of modern Judaism s greatest spiritual authors. Heschel is a beloved spiritualist, and the whole Jewish community would do well to add this, his first published work, to the collection of his writings. With this first ever English translation, the Yiddish is still preserved on opposite pages. Taken together, these are surprisingly moving pieces of literature considering the age of their author- as young as 20 when they were written. Heschel is a beloved spiritualist, and the whole Jewish community would do well to add this, his first published work, to the collection of his writings. jewsweek.com, December 2004

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction by Edward K. Kaplan; Section I: Man Is Holy; Section II: Bearing Witness; Section III: To a Lady in Dream; Section IV: Between Me and the World; Section V: Nature Pantomimes; Section VI: Repairing the World.