Heschel long commented on the power of language to affect change in this world, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that his own language is intense and oftentimes thunderous. At its best, Heschel’s writing can leave a reader in awe at the majesty of his language and the profundity of his ideas. But precisely because his language is often so loaded, Heschel can, at times, become difficult to swallow — as if his thoughts and exhortations simply become too much to digest in one sitting. The beauty of this volume is that it largely avoids that pitfall. By organizing Essential Writings into six sections and selecting relevant and telling writings, Susannah Heschel— the book’s editor and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s daughter — succeeds in providing a palatable and deeply enjoyable introduction to her father’s work.
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings
This latest collection of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s work serves as a wonderful introduction to the man widely regarded as one of the most important religious voices of the twentieth century. Though many of the selected writings in this collection come from previously published work, Essential Writings also includes some hitherto unpublished material — a treat for all those who cherish the writings of the spiritual giant.
Nathaniel Rosen is a junior at Cornell University, where he majors in English and writes a bi-weekly column for the Cornell Daily Sun.
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