A Summer Adventure with RABBI ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL

We enjoyed such delight in the depths and wonder of Heschel’s words last summer that it will be a worthwhile enterprise to revisit this collection of his inspirational thoughts this year! Join His-Israel each week this summer and be inspired and challenged as we share words, thoughts, concepts and inspirations of this special teacher, Rabbi Abraham […]

The Prophets (3) The God of Pathos and Passion

The God Of Pathos And Passion – 9.04 minutes   To the prophets God was overwhelmingly real and shatteringly present. They never spoke of Him as from a distance. They disclosed attitudes of God rather than ideas about God. God does not reveal Himself in an abstract absoluteness, but in a personal and intimate relation […]

The Prophets (2) What Manner Of Man Is The Prophet?

*Note – Only two weeks left to leave your comments and be entered to win a free Abraham Joshua Heschel book of your choice.You are awarded one entry for each comment made on the Heschel posts here and also at the HIS-ISRAEL Facebook Page. What Manner Of Man Is The Prophet? – 11.56 minutes   Over […]

The Prophets (1) Introduction To The Prophets

  Introduction To The Prophets  – 12.20   The prophet is a person, not a microphone. He is endowed with a mission, with the power of a word not his own that accounts for his greatness – but also with temperament, concern, character, and individuality. The situation of a person immersed in the prophet’s words […]

I Asked For Wonder (3) – GOD’S PEOPLE

GOD’S PEOPLE  [Chapter Eight] – 16.26 minutes   Heschel describes himself as, “A brand plucked from the fire , in which my people were burned to death…” The mark of Cain in the face of man has come to overshadow the likeness of God. There has never been so much guilt and distress, agony, and […]

I Asked For Wonder (2) – THE BIBLE

  THE BIBLE  [Chapter Six]- 5.20 minutes   The Bible is holiness in words. It is as if God took these Hebrew words and breathed into them of His power, and the words became a live wire charged with His Spirit. To this day they are connections between heaven and earth. ~ Keren Hannah You […]

I Asked For Wonder (1) – PRAYER

Prayer [Chapter Two] – 6.40 minutes   Please note: At point 3:10 the dropped word is “action” “Prayer is no substitute for action!” 🙂    Prayer is the border between heaven and earth. LORD, the dominion is Thine. Take away from me all that would not enter Thy realm. If not for the certainty that […]

The Sabbath – To Sanctify Time (3)

  To Sanctify Time [Epilogue] – 5.45 minutes    Our world is a world of space moving through time – from the Beginning to the End of Days. One good hour may be worth a lifetime; an instant in returning to God may restore what has been lost in years of escaping from Him. It is […]

The Sabbath – A Palace In Time (2)

  A Palace In Time  [Chapter One] – 5.21 minutes   Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we particularly care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else. The seventh day day […]

The Sabbath – Architecture of Time (1)

Architecture of Time – Prologue  – 5 minutes    There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a […]

ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (3) – The Final Redemption

  The Final Redemption – 13.47 minutes   Not only is Redemption necessary for man, man is a necessity to Redemption. His actions are vital and affect the course of the process. Man holds the key that can unlock the chains fettering the Redeemer. The heart of the relationship of God and man is reciprocity, interdependence. The task is […]

ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (2) – Jerusalem And The Wall

Jerusalem And The Wall – 9.25 minutes   This is a city never indifferent to the sky. …Prayers are vibrant. The Sabbath finds it hard to go away. Here Isaiah heard: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.  (6:3) No words more magnificent have ever been […]

ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (1) – The People And The Land

The People And The Land – 9.50 minutes   Israel reborn represents a breakthrough into whole new areas of experience and understanding. It defies conventional conceptions, ordinary expectations. Its essence is a proclamation. Israel is a miracle in disguise. Things look natural and conceal what is a radical surprise. Zion rebuilt becomes a harbinger of […]

Man Is Not Alone (3) – Religion And Faith – The Holy Dimension

Religion And Faith – 3.50 minutes   Religion for religion’s sake is idolatry. True religion is for God’s sake. The goal is “to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.” All existence stands in the dimension of the holy… There is no escape from God. ~ Keren Hannah You can […]

Man Is Not Alone (2) – Man Is Needed By God

Man Is Needed By God – 4.01 minutes   [from Ch.20 The Essence of Man]   There is only one way to fumigate the obnoxious air of our world – to live beyond our own needs and interests. …How can man succeed in breaking out of the circle of his self? Our needs are temporal, […]