American Public Media’s Speaking of Faith will rebroadcast "The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel," a conversation about Dr. Heschel’s legacy featuring Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), on public radio stations nationwide from Thursday, December 3, to Wednesday, December 9.
Born into an esteemed Hasidic family in Poland in 1907, Dr. Heschel immigrated to the United States and became a public intellectual and a provocative leading thinker on issues of race, war, and interreligious encounter who insisted that the opposite of good is not evil, but indifference. A mystic who wrote transcendent, poetic words about God while at the same time marching alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and organizing religious leadership against the war in Vietnam, he embodied the social activism of the biblical prophets he studied.
Chancellor Eisen cites Dr. Heschel as one of the most crucial figures in Jewish philosophy and academia, and as a role model in his own Jewish development, crediting Dr. Heschel with transforming his life following a single personal meeting thirty-seven years ago at JTS. The program, which originally aired in June 2008, delves into Dr. Heschel's teachings and present-day relevance.
A list of broadcast locations and times across the country can be found at http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/stations/index.shtml. The program will also be featured online at http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org during the same period.
Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership.