In This Hour; Heschel’s Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Foreword: Susannah Heschel
Editor: Helen Plotkin
Translators: Stephen Lehmann, Marion Faber
In This Hour, edited and annotated by Helen Plotkin, is the first-ever publication in English of many writings by Abraham Joshua Heschel: his vision for Jewish education, portraits of the rabbis of the Mishnaic period facing expulsion and extinction under Roman rule, a biographical study of Don Yitzhak Abravanel, the power of repentance in 1936, a parable on Jewish exile; meditations on suffering, prayer, God’s dream, and return.
Written largely for Berlin Jewry’s official news organ from 1935 to 1939-40, these essays fill a significant voice in Heschel’s bibliography—his Nazi Germany and London Exile years. Importantly, they also present Heschel’s unique insights on the redemptive role of Jewish learning in the Jewish people’s past and future: saving Jewish history and the Jewish people from oblivion. The new translation conveys the spare elegance of Heschel’s prose, and an Introduction and source notes open the volume to readers of all knowledge levels.
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