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    Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Prophetic Voice for Our Moment

    Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Prophetic Voice for Our Moment

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    Join Susannah Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s daughter, Robert Erlewine, editor of Plough’s new Abraham Joshua Heschel reader Thunder in the Soul, and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier, whose documentary Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story airs on PBS this month, for a lively discussion about how Rabbi Heschel’s words speak to our search for racial justice, environmental responsibility, and spiritual renewal today. Journalist Manya Brachear Pashman will moderate.

    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most remarkable and inspiring religious figures of the twentieth century. Descended from a long line of Orthodox rabbis, he fled Europe to escape the Nazis. He became a prominent public intellectual, a leading critic of the Vietnam War, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr, a champion for Soviet Jews, and a pioneer in the work of interfaith dialogue. Today he is revered across theological and ideological lines as someone who can help us rediscover wonder and a right relationship with a God who cares.

    Susannah Heschel, the only child of Abraham Joshua Heschel, is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and the editor of Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    Robert Erlewine is the Isaac Funk Professor of Philosophy at Illinois Wesleyan University and the author of Monotheism and Tolerance and Judaism and the West. His new book Thunder in the Soul: To Be Known by God brings together Heschel’s key insights on a range of topics.

    Martin Doblmeier, founder of Journey Films, has made documentaries on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, and Reinhold Niebuhr. His latest, Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story, combines archival photographs and rarely seen footage, as well as interviews with civil rights leaders Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Young, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Taylor Branch, public theologian Cornel West, Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold Eisen, Susannah Heschel, and others.

    Manya Brachear Pashman is editor at American Jewish Committee (AJC) and co-host of People of the Pod, a weekly podcast on global affairs through a Jewish lens.  She worked as a religion reporter at the Chicago Tribune for fifteen years.