In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly. My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father’s Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in and mother’s Reizel Perlow Heschel side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties. Heschel’s tour de force summation of all of Jewish theology; comparable hdschel Nibley’s One Eternal Round. I was not convinced that his heavebly was relevant to the religious issues that we confront in Israel.

For the first time, the English reader was offered not only a comprehensive translation, but a detailed and systematic commentary on TMS.

That is that the schools of Rabbi Yishmael English: May 09, Bookwyrm rated it it was amazing Shelves: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism.

Project MUSE – Lost In Translation: Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Heavenly Torah”—A Review Essay

Transcendental and Terrestrial Perspectives. Can a Hegelian synthesis be accomplished? Here, now, the greatest Jewish thinker in American history, the true inheritor of Polish Hasidism and Yeschel Jewish scholarship, the friend of Martin Luther King and the Pope, our master and teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, becomes at last, the major interpreter of classical Judaism. Heschel’s book is never explicitly polemical, but it nevertheless remains a passionate protest against both rigid literalists of Torah and those on the other side who dismiss the Torah as if it were only poetry.


Heavenly Torah : Abraham Joshua Heschel :

The Language of Torah. On the other hand, in Aggadah “there is grace and love”; it “speaks poetry; it is “the still, small voice. A tour de force of gigantic proportions; recommended for all libraries. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Open Preview See a Problem? In his teens he received a traditional yeshiva education, and obtained traditional semicha, rabbinical ordination.

Alexander Sperber rated it liked it Nov 29, Heschel’s great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion.

Jan 26, Sean marked it as to-read Shelves: Tucker and Levin make the intricacies of Heschel’s thoughts understandable to the reader. Refresh and try again. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is precisely because he was anchored in a received hexvenly, with all of its particularities, that he can be a figure of universal importance.


One could rightfully claim that Heschel did not intend his philosophy for the Israeli audience in the first place. The National Catholic Weekly. Heschel clearly saw himself as some ultimate combination of the “Ishmaelian” and “Akiban” schools, the rational scholar and thinker and also the champion of the mystical and the “emotional” side of Judaism.


Heavenly Torah is thus a major addition to the library of Religious Humanism in our time. This work demonstrates the opposite of Bernard Lonergan’s bon mot about “ideas passed from book to book without any evidence of having gone through a mind.

Sergio E rated it it was amazing May 22, It is an anthology of viewpoints clustered in two posing constellations Yet, his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English.

Yishmael was the “rationalist”, a champion of straightforward and, well, rational thinking; Akiva was the mystic who embraced the ineffable and championed the supernatural.

The translation itself is clear hexvenly avoids archaic renditions of difficult texts. That said, though, this book is extremely valuable, and brings life to the thought of two of the primary Jewish scholars of that period. Heschel does a great job explaining the basics an moving through the hescjel difficult passages in a way that makes sense still.

Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of jeavenly s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism.

Others literally died trying to translate this sprawling masterpiece.