Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
The road to the sacred leads through the secular.
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.- Francois Marie Arouet
We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look f...- Francois Marie Arouet
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.- Francois Marie Arouet
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large nu...- Francois Marie Arouet
Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. F...- Francois Marie Arouet
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A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
|Birth:||11th January, 1907|
|Death:||23rd December, 1972|
Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Polish born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Abraham Joshua Heschel was descended from preeminent European rabbis on both sides of the family. His great-great-grandfather and namesake was Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt.His siblings were Sarah, Dvora Miriam, Esther Sima, Gittel, and Jacob. In late October 1938, when he was living in a rented room in the home of a Jewish family in Frankfurt, he was arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Poland. He spent ten months lecturing on Jewish philosophy and Torah at Warsaw's Institute for Jewish Studies. Heschel arrived in New York City in March 1940. He served on the faculty of Hebrew Union College, the main seminary of Reform Judaism, in Cincinnati for five years. In 1946, he took a position at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the main seminary of Conservative Judaism, where he served as professor of Jewish ethics and Mysticism until his death in 1972. Heschel married Sylvia Straus, a concert pianist, on December 10, 1946, in Los Angeles. Their daughter, Susannah Heschel, is a Jewish scholar in her own right. Heschel's papers are held in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.
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