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Books by Heschel

1933  Der Shem Hameforash: Mentsch (in Yiddish). Warsaw: Farlag Indzl.

1935  Maimonides: Eine Biographie (in German). Berlin: Erich Reiss Verlag.

1936  Die Prophetie (in German). Krakow: Polish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

1937  Don Jizhak Abravanel (in German). Berlin: Erich Reiss Verlag.
Abridged Eng. translation by William Wolf: Don Isaac Abravanel, Intermountain Jewish News, 12-19-86; 5, 8-12.

1944  The Quest for Certainty in Saadia’s Philosophy (pamphlet-67 pages).  New York: Philip Feldheim.

1950  The Earth is the Lord’s: The Inner Life of the Jew in East Europe.  New York: Henry Schuman.

1951  Man is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Young; Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America.

1951  The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Young.

1954  Man’s Quest for God: Studies in Prayer and Symbolism.  New York: Scribner’s.

1955  God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy; Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America.

1962  The Prophets.  New York: Harper & Row; Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America.

1962, 1965, 1990 Torah min-ha-shamayim be-aspaklaryah shel ha-dorot (in Hebrew). Vol. 1: London: Soncino, 1962.  Vol. II: London: Soncino, 1965.  Vol. III: Jerusalem: Jewish Theological Studies, 1990. 

1965  Who Is Man? Stanford: Stanford University Press

1966  The Insecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human Existence.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

1967  Vietnam: Crisis of Conscience  (with Robert McAfee Brown and Michael Novak). New York: Association Press, Behrman House, Herder and Herder.

1969  Israel: An Echo of Eternity.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

1973  Kotsk: In gerangl far emesdikayt (in Yiddish) 2 volumes.  Tel Aviv: Hamenora.

1973  A Passion for Truth.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

1982  Maimonides; A Biography. Translated by Joachim Neugroschel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

1985  The Circle of the Baal Shem Tov: Studies in Hasidism.  Ed. Samuel H. Dresner. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1996  Prophetic Inspiration After the Prophets: Maimonides and Other Medieval Authorities.  Trans. by David Wolf Silverman and David Shapiro.  Ed. Morris Faierstein. Hoboken, NJ: KTAV.

2004  The Ineffable Name of God: Man. Poems. Trans. by Morton Leifman of Der Shem Hameforash: Mentsch, Heschel’s book of Yiddish poetry.  New York: Continuum.

2005  Heavenly Torah as Refracted Through the Generations. Trans. by Gordon Tucker, with Leonard Levin of Torah min-ha-shamayim be-aspaklaryah shel ha-dorot  Vol. 1-3.  Ed: Gordon Tucker. New York: Continuum.

Anthologies of Heschel’s writings

1959  Between God and Man.  Ed. Fritz A. Rothschild.  New York: Free Press.

1975  The Wisdom of Heschel.  Ed. Ruth Marcus Goodhill.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

1987  I Asked For Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology.  Ed. Samuel H. Dresner.  New York: Crossroad.

1990  To Grow in Wisdom: An Anthology of Abraham Joshua Heschel.  Ed. Jacob Neusner and Noam Neusner.  Landham, Md.: Madison.

1996  Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays by Abraham Joshua Heschel.  Ed. Susannah Heschel.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Essays and Articles by Heschel
  • “An Analysis of Piety,” in The Review of Religion, Vol. 6, No. 3 (March, 1942), pp. 293-307.
  • “The Holy Dimension,” in The Journal of Religion, Vol. 23, No. 2 (April, 1943), pp. 117-124.
  • “Faith,” in The Reconstructionist, Vol. 10, No. 13 (November 3, 1944), pp. 10-14; No. 14 (November 17, 1044) pp. 12-16.
  • “The Meaning of this War,” in Hebrew Union College Bulletin 2, 3: 1-2, 18, March, 1943.  Revised and reprinted in Liberal Judaism, Vol. 11, No. 10 (February, 1944), pp. 18-21.
  • “Prayer,” in The Review of Religion, Vol. 9, No. 2 (January, 1945), pp. 153-168.
  • “The Eastern European Era in Jewish History,” in Yivo Annual of Jewish Social Science, Vol. 1, New York: Yiddish Scientific Institute-Yivo, 1946, pp. 86-106.
  • “The Two Great Traditions,” in Commentary, Vol. 5, No. 5 (May, 1948), pp. 416-422.
  • “After Maidenek: On the Poetry of Aaron Zeitlin” (in Yiddish), Yiddisher Bkemfer 29 (October 1948), 771:28-30. Reprinted in Modern Judaism, pp 264-271.
  • “The Mystical Element in Judaism,” in The Jews, Their History, Culture, and Religion, ed. by Louis Finkelstein, New York: Harper & Brothers, and Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1949, pp. 602-623.
  • “Between Civilization and Eternity,” in Commentary, Vol. 12, No. 4 (October, 1951), pp. 375-378.
  • “To Be a Jew: What Is It?,” in Zionist Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer, 1951), pp. 78-84.
  • “Architecture of Time,” in Judaism, Vol. 1, No. 1 (January, 1952), pp. 44-51.
  • “Space, Time and Reality: The Centrality of Time in the Biblical Worldview,” in Judaism, Vol. 1, No. 3 (July, 1952), pp. 262-269.
  • “The Divine Pathos: The Basic Category of Prophetic Theology,” in Judaism, Vol. 2, No. 1 (January, 1953), pp. 61-67.
  • “The Moment at Sinai,” in The American Zionist, Vol. 43, No. 7 (Feb. 5, 1953), pp. 18-20.
  • “The Spirit of Jewish Prayer,” in Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, Vol. 17 (1953), pp. 151-215.
  • “Toward an Understanding of Halacha,” in Yearbook, The Central Conference of American Rabbis, Vol. 63 (1953), pp. 386-409.
  • “The Spirit of Jewish Education,” in Jewish Education, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Fall, 1953), pp. 9-20.
  • “A Preface to the Understanding of Revelation,” in Essays Presented to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday, London: East and West Library, 1954, pp. 28-35.
  • “Symbolism and Jewish Faith,” in Religious Symbolism (Religion and Civilization Series), ed. by F. Ernest Johnson, New York: The Institute for Religious and Social Studies: Harper & Brothers, 1954, pp. 53-79.
  • “The Last Years of Maimonides,” in National Jewish Monthly, Vol. 69, No. 10 (June, 1955), pp. 7 and 27-28.
  • “The Biblical View of Reality,” in Contemporary Problems in Religion, ed. by Harold A. Basilius, Detroit: Wayne University Press, 1956, pp. 57-76.
  • “Teaching Religion to American Jews,” in Adult Jewish Education (Fall, 1956), pp. 3-6.
  • “A Hebrew Evaluation of Reinhold Niebuhr,” in Reinhold Niebuhr: His Religious, Social and Political Thought, (Vol. 2 of The library of Living Theology), ed. by Ch. W. Kegley and R. W. Bretall, New York: Macmillan Company, 1956, pp. 391-410.
  • “The Task of the Hazzan,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Winter, 1958), pp. 1-8.
  • “The Relevance of Prophecy,” in Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Pedagogic Conference, Institute of Jewish Studies, Cleveland Bureau of Jewish Education, February 9, 1958, pp. 13-16. Discussion: pp. 16-19.
  • “Sacred Images of Man,” in Religious Education, Vol. 53, No. 2 (March-April 1958), pp. 97-102; also in The Christian Century, December 11, 1957, pp. 1473-1475.
  • “The Religious Message,” in Religion in America: Original Essays on Religion in a Free Society, ed. by John Cogley, New York: Meridian Books, 1958, pp. 244-271.
  • Man as an Object of Divine Concern,” in What is the Nature of Man?, Philadelphia: Christian Education Press, 1959, pp. 93-105.
  • “Yisrael: Am, Eretz, Medinah: Ideological Evaluation of Israel and The Diaspora,” in Proceedings of The Rabbinical Assembly of America, Vo. 22 (1958), pp. 118-136.
  •  “Prayer and Theological Discipline,” in Union Seminary Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 4 (May, 1959), pp. 3-8.
  • “No Faith Without Effort,” in The Jewish Chronicle, London, October 9, 1959, p. 9.
  • “The Moral Challenge to America,” in Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Jewish Committee, New York, 1960, pp. 62-77; also printed under the title “Who is Man?” in The Jewish Chronicle, London, September 16, 1960, p. 21.
  • “Should The United Synagogue of America Join The World Zionist Organization? No!,” in The Torch (Philadelphia), Vol. 19, No. 1 (Winter, 1960).
  • “The Concept of Man in Jewish Thought,” in The Concept of Man, ed. by S. Radhakrishnan and P. T. Raju, London: Allen and Unwin, 1960, pp. 108-157.
  • “Call of the Hour” [a paper originally read at The White House Conference on Children and Youth in Washington, D.C. on March 278, 1960], in Law and Order, The Independent Magazine for the Police Profession, Vol. 8, No. 5 (May, 1960), pp. 14-25.
  • “Depth Theology,” in Cross Currents, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Fall, 1960), pp. 317-325.
  • “To Grow in Wisdom” [a paper delivered at the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1961], published as a pamphlet, New York: Synagogue Council of America, 1961.
  • “The Nation and the Individual,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Spring, 1961), pp. 10-26.
  • “Ilya Schor,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Fall, 1961), pp. 20-21.
  • “Hillel Bavli: In Memoriam,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 17,  Nos. 1-2 (Fall-Winter 1963), pp. 70-71.
  • “The Values of Jewish Education,” in Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly, Vol. 26 (1962), pp. 83-100.
  • “Prophetic Inspiration,” in Judaism, Vo. 11, No. 1 (Winter, 1962), pp. 3-13.
  • “The Religion of Sympathy,” in The Leo Jung Jubilee Volume, New York, 1962, pp. 105-113.
  • “The Religious Basis of Equality of Opportunity - The Segregation of God,” in Race: Challenge to Religion, ed. by Matthew Ahmann, Chicago: Henry Regency, 1963, pp. 55-71.
  • “A Jewish Response,” in The Catholic News, New York, Vol. 78, No. 14 (April 4, 1963), p. 4.
  • [An Address on the Jews in the Soviet Union], in The Day-Jewish Journal, New York, September 12, 13 and October 12, 1963.
  • “Protestant Renewal: A Jewish View,” in The Christian Century, Vol. 80, No. 49 (December 4, 1963), pp. 1501-1504.
  • [Address “The White Man on Trial”], in Proceedings of the Metropolitan New York Conference on Religion and Race, February 25, 1964, New York: New York City Youth Board, 1964, pp. 100-110.
  • “The Meaning of the Spirit,” in Claremont Dialogue, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring, 1964), Claremont, Cal.: Claremont Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists, pp. 16-35.
  • “The Patient as a Person,” in Manuscripts of Addresses Presented to the American Medical Association 113th Convention, San Francisco, Calif., June 21, 1964,  Chicago: Dept. of Medicine and Religion, AMA, pp. 23-41.
  • “The Moral Dilemma of the Space Age,” in Space: Its Impact on Man and Society, ed. by Lilian Levy, New York: Norton, 1964, pp. 176-179.
  • “A Visit With Rabbi Heschel,” interview with Arthur Herzog, Think Magazine, 16-19, Jan-Feb 1964 (contains excellent photographs); condensed in The Jewish Digest (December, 1968) pp. 15-19.
  • “Existence and Celebration,” New York: Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, 1965, 23 pp.
  • [Remarks on Yom Kippur] in Mas’at Rav (A Professional Supplement to Conservative Judaism), August, 1965, pp. 13-14.
  • [Discussion on Second Vatican Council and the Jews] in Vatican II: An Interfaith Appraisal, ed. by John H. Miller, C.S.C., Notre Dame and London: Notre Dame University Press, 1966, pp. 373-374.
  • “No Religion is an Island” [Inaugural lecture as Harry Emerson Fosdick Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary, New York], in Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, Part 1 (January, 1966), pp. 117-134.
  • “Choose Life!,” in Jubilee, Vol. 13, No. 9 (January, 1966), pp. 37-39.
  • “From Mission to Dialogue,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Spring, 1967), pp. 1-11.
  • “The Moral Outrage of Vietnam,” in Vietnam: Crisis of Conscience, by Robert McAfee Brown, A.J. Heschel and Michael Novak, New York: Association Press, Behrman House, Herder & Herder, 1967, pp. 48-61.
  • “What Ecumenism Is,” in Face to Face: A Primer in Dialogue, ed. by Lily Edelman, Washington: B’nai B’rith Adult Jewish Education (Jewish Heritage, Vol. 9, No. 4 [Spring, 1967]), pp. 1-4.
  •  “What We Might Do Together,” in Religious Education, March-April, 1967, pp. 133-140. [An address delivered at the National Convention of the Religious Education Association, Chicago, November 20-22, 1966.]
  • “Man- Who is He?,” in Today’s Changing Society: A Challenge to Individual Identity, ed. by Clarence C. Walton, New York: Institute of Life Insurance, 1967, pp. 50-56.
  • “The Meaning of This Hour,” [reprinted from Between God and Man], in Dimension, New York, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Spring, 1967), pp. 20-22.
  • [Address given at Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967], in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. John Bennett, Dr. Henry Steele Commager, Rabbi Abraham Heschel Speak on the War in Vietnam, [pamphlet] New York: Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, 1967, p. 20 and p. 23 (Question 4).
  • “The Jewish Notion of God and Christian Renewal,” in Renewal of Religious Thought: Proceedings of the Congress on the Theology of the Church Centenary of Canada, 1867-1967, ed. by L. K. Shook, C.S.B, Montreal: Palm Publishers, 1968, pp. 105-129.
  • Foreword to The Unredeemed: Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, ed. by Ronald I. Rubin, Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1968, pp. 13-16.
  • “Conversation with Martin Luther King,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Spring, 1968), pp. 1-19.
  • “The Theological Dimensions of Medinat Yisrael,” in Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly, Vol. 32 (1968), pp. 91-103; Discussion, pp. 104-109.
  • in “The Symposium section,” The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal, New York: Schocken Books, 1969.
  • “Sanctification of Time,” in Alumni Bulletin: Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine, Vol. 54, No. 2 (Spring, 1969), pp. 1-15.
  • “Foreword” to James Parkes, Prelude to Dialogue: Jewish Christian Relationships, London: Vallentine, Mitchell, 1969, p. VII.
  • “Teaching Jewish Theology in the Solomon Schecter Day School,” in The Synagogue School, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Fall, 1969), pp. 4-18; followed by questions and answers, pp. 18-33.
  • "Hope Through Renewal of the Self," Tempo, Vol. I, No. 25 (October 15, 1969) p. 2.
  • “God, Torah, and Israel,” translated from the Hebrew manuscript of Torah min ha-shamayim, Vol. 3 by Byron L. Sherwin, in Theology and Church in Times of Change: Essays in Honor of John Coleman Bennett, ed. by Edward LeRoy Long, Jr., and Robert T. Handy, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970, pp. 71-90.
  • “Foreword” to A Hero For our Time: The Trial and Fate of Boris Kochubiyevsky, ed. Moshe Decter, New York: Academic Committee on Soviet Jewry- Conference on the Status of Soviet Jews, April, 1970, p. 3.
  • “Reflections on Death,” in Genesis of Sudden Death and Reanimation, Clinical and Moral Problems Connected, Florence, Palazzo Pitti, 10/14 January, 1969, Proceedings of the 1st International Congress, ed. by Vincenzo Lapiccirella, Firenze: Marchi & Bertolli, 1970, pp. 533-542.
  • “On Prayer,” in Conservative Judaism, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Fall, 1970), pp. 1-12.
  • “Christian-Jewish Dialogue and the Meaning of the State of Israel,” in Theology in the City of Man: A Sesquicentennial Conference, (St. Louis University), A Cross Currents Paperback, 1970, pp. 409-425.
  • “Man’s Search for Faith,” in United Synagogue Review, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring, 1971), pp. 14, 15, 24.
  • “In Search of Exaltation,” in Jewish Heritage, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Fall, 1971), pp. 29, 30, 35.
  • “Required: Moral Ombudsman,” in United Synagogue Review, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Fall-Winter, 1971), pp. 4, 5, 28.
  • “On the Theological, Biblical and Ethical Considerations of Amnesty,” talk given at the inter-religious Conference on Amnesty, Washington, D.C., 3/26-27, 1972 (unpublished)
  • “A Time for Renewal” [Address delivered at the 28th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on January 19, 1972], in Midstream, Vol. 18, No. 5 (May, 1972), pp. 46-51.
  • “Celebration and Exaltation,” in Jewish Heritage, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer, 1972), pp. 5-10.
  • “Hasidism as a New Approach to Torah,” in Jewish Heritage, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Fall-Winter, 1972), pp. 4-21.
  • “The Reason for My Involvement in the Peace Movement,” in Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 4 (January, 1973), pp. 7-8.
  • “A Conversation with Heschel” [Condensed transcript of a television interview , taped on December 10, 1972.  Broadcast originally on NBC’s “Eternal Light” program on February 4, 1973.], in Response, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Winter, 1972-1973), pp. 23-32.
  • Preface, Jerusalem of Lithuania, Illustrated and Documented, 3 volumes. with 3000 illustrations, documents, etc, ed. Leyzer Ran, New York: 1974, privately published.

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Praying With My Legs

Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Search
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