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The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story
Toronto Heschel School
Our aim is to nurture our students’ positive dispositions for thinking, working, and inter-personal development by helping them develop a solid understanding of the world around them using a multi-sensory approach. Our teachers are dedicated, curious, life-long learners. They are role models for the diversity of Jewish expression and living that we honour at the school.
Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School
The Jewish values of our school inspire active engagement in community, citizenship, and service. We find strength in our shared traditions and strive to expand understanding, and deepen empathy. Every member of the Heschel family is essential to the life of our school. Students, staff, parents, and alumni generate the warmth and excitement that define Heschel. In classrooms from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, our teachers skillfully nurture the natural curiosity of children, leading to a lifelong love of learning.
As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson
MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. Their names stand for the quest for justice and equality. Martin grew up in a loving family in the American South, at a time when this country was plagued by racial discrimination. He aimed to put a stop to it. He became a minister like his daddy, and he preached and marched for his cause. Abraham grew up in a loving family many years earlier, in a Europe that did not welcome Jews. He found a new home in America, where he became a respected rabbi like his father, carrying a message of peace and acceptance. Here is the story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.
Thunder in the Soul: To Be Known By God by Robert Ehrlewine
Like the Hebrew prophets before him, the great American rabbi and civil rights leader reveals God’s concern for this world and each of us.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, descended from a long line of Orthodox rabbis, fled Europe to escape the Nazis. He made the insights of traditional Jewish spirituality come alive for American Jews while speaking out boldly against war and racial injustice.
Heschel brought the fervor of the Hebrew prophets to his role as a public intellectual. He challenged the sensibilities of the modern West, which views science and human reason as sufficient. Only by rediscovering wonder and awe before mysteries that transcend knowledge can we hope to find God again. This God, Heschel says, is not distant but passionately concerned about our lives and human affairs, and asks something of us in return.
This little book, which brings together Heschel’s key insights on a range of topics, will reinvigorate readers of any faith who hunger for wonder and thirst for justice.
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