Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul


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Jewish Publication Society
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6.48 X 9.39 X 1.67 inches | 1.9 pounds
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About the Author

Edward K. Kaplan is Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. He is the author of numerous books, including Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972; winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and coauthor, with Samuel H. Dresner, of Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophetic Witness.


"In Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul, author Edward K. Kaplan not only tells the life story of this great scholar, but also captures the essence of the recurring themes in Heschel's greatest works."--Jennifer MacNeil, America Magazine--Jennifer MacNeil "America Magazine" (3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"[An] admiring and detailed biography."--Adam Kirsch, Wall Street Journal--Adam Kirsch "Wall Street Journal" (12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"The principal author of the definitive Heschel biography has distilled its two large volumes into one for a general readership. . . . Kaplan embeds Heschel's activism in his prolific writing career, affording a blazingly impressive portrait of what it means to be a public intellectual."--Ray Olson, Booklist, starred review--Ray Olson "Booklist" (11/15/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Kaplan takes the two-volume definitive Heschel biography and distills it to one very readable volume filled with Heschel's activism and intellectualism."--Reviews by Amos Lassen--Amos Lassen "Reviews by Amos Lassen" (12/17/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Kaplan's in-depth and multifaceted biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel does justice to this exemplary human being, thinker, activist and Jewish spiritual leader."--Claudia Moscvici, Literaturesalon's Blog--Claudia Moscvici "Literaturesalon's Blog" (1/23/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Edward K. Kaplan's magisterial biography of the greatest Jewish prophetic figure of the barbaric twentieth century is a masterpiece! It is also incredibly timely. We need the wisdom, courage, and compassion of the inimitable Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The very future of our world depends, in part, on the legacy of Heschel's prophetic witness."--Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University
--Cornel West "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"I loved this book. Kaplan's engaging, incisive biography brings alive Heschel's extraordinary personality, theology, prophetic voice, and monumental contributions to Jewish thought, interfaith understanding, and the moral soul of America. Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul evokes a much richer and deeper understanding of this spiritual giant as it simultaneously rekindles the reader's passion for the work of Jewish social justice."--Rabbi David Saperstein, director emeritus, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
--Rabbi David Saperstein "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"In this wonderful distillation of many years of painstaking research, Ed Kaplan presents us with Heschel the man. Kaplan's love for his subject is so clear, I anticipate readers will find the love contagious."--Rabbi Shai Held, author of The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion
--Rabbi Shai Held "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Edward Kaplan's lucid biography of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel illuminates the profound contributions of one of the most outstanding religious figures of the twentieth century. . . . Heschel's commitment to civil rights, opposition to the Vietnam War, and interreligious relations show us what inspired religious leadership looks like--leadership our world today desperately needs."--Mary C. Boys, Dean Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
--Mary C. Boys "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Kaplan offers a close reading into the complex emotional, intellectual, and cultural experiences that shaped Heschel's depth theology, radical mysticism, and social activism and catapulted him into becoming a fearless champion of human rights. Scholars and concerned citizens everywhere will benefit from the needed reminder that indeed 'the earth is the Lord's.'"--Walter Earl Fluker, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University School of Theology
--Walter Earl Fluker "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Kaplan's biography masterfully depicts the life of Abraham Joshua Heschel, showing us how Heschel became the great moral and spiritual genius of the mid-twentieth century. We are all in Kaplan's debt."--Reuven Kimelman, professor of classical Judaica, Brandeis University

--Reuven Kimelman "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"As one blessed to have sat at the feet of Abraham Joshua Heschel, I enthusiastically endorse my fellow student Edward Kaplan's biography of our teacher and master. Kaplan's intimate understanding of Heschel's great life, work, and thought enables a new generation to at least meet in print what we encountered in person."--David Novak, professor of Jewish studies and philosophy, University of Toronto and author of Jewish Justice --David Novak "America Magazine" (2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)