European Judaism

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring

Abraham Joshua Heschel: His Place in a Biblical Chain of Tradition
This paper is a slightly expanded version of the handout for my orally delivered paper at a conference 'in appreciation of the life, work and enduring influence of Abraham Joshua Heschel'. My task was to consider Heschel's contribution to Biblical...
A New Burden on Christian-Jewish Relations: Statement of the Discussion Group 'Jews and Christians' of the Central Committee of German Catholics on the Good Friday Prayer 'For the Jews' in the Extraordinary Rite Version of 2008
Following its April 2007 statement on the extended permission to use the Tridentine rite, the discussion group again considered the different versions of the Good Friday prayer at its meeting in February 2008 and adopted the following statement: ...
An Open Letter: A Call to Peace, Dialogue and Understanding between Muslims and Jews
In the name of God the Beneficent, the Merciful Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, ...
Be Bolder as Rabbis
In looking at the topic of Heschel and social activism, I would like to present a perspective based on my personal and professional experience. Let me start with a bit of history. I was born in 1949 on the West Side of Chicago. My parents were first-generation...
Dedicated Jewish Contemplatives
For Rabbi Lionel Blue and his 'God in a Secular World' students Lionel has asked me to write to you 'describing my lifestyle as a Progressive Jewish hermit and the motivation behind it'. On my website www.jewishcontemplatives.blogspot.com you...
Editorial
Three subjects provide a focus for this edition. The centenary of the birth of Abraham Joshua Heschel was commemorated in London with a symposium at University College in November 2007 and we reproduce most of the papers delivered on that occasion....
Heschel in the Context of Modern Jewish Religious Thought
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) hailed from a Hasidic family which numbered among its members the Rebbe of Apt, after whom he was named, and the Maggid (Preacher) of Mezhirichi (Mezhirech, in Volhynia, Ukraine), a prominent Hasidic leader in the...
Jewish-Christian Relations Today: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Ten years ago, at a rather dull, all-day committee meeting, I sat over lunch with a colleague who, in making conversation, foolishly asked me how my doctoral research on Heschel was progressing. So I told him. He sat there openmouthed, and then commented,...
Jewish Representative Body Welcomes Muslim Call to Dialogue
New York, NY, March 3, 2008--In an historic first, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), that represents world Jewry to other world religions, has issued a call for dialogue between Muslims and Jews. The statement...
Living in a Culture of Fear: A Jewish Perspective
The Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, wrote of Abraham in 'fear and trembling'. I am writing this with a sense of panic and terror and so, as always in such a situation, will need to proceed very slowly, taking great care, step by step. What...
Living in a Culture of Fear: A Muslim Perspective
I begin in the name of God, the merciful, the kind. I praise God, the Lord of all the worlds. I greet you with a greeting of peace and mercy. For those who are not familiar with the Harry Potter series I apologize; however, I think that a very fine...
Mapping Dialogue between Jewish and Muslim Communities in Europe
In 2005, CEJI--a Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe--began an initiative to promote dialogue and understanding between Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe, and to enhance the visibility of already existing dialogue projects. The endeavour...
Models of Religious Coexistence: A Jewish Perspective
During the summer of 2006 I was in the West Bank. (1) Israel was at war in Lebanon and making incursions into Gaza, and, whilst in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem, I was told that several Palestinians had been arrested as suspected suicide bombers. I...
Models of Religious Coexistence: A Muslim Perspective
I was only a few years old when I went into hospital for the first time. As we are a religious family, my parents worried about the food we would be served there. Since they could hardly expect the hospital to observe all the rules of the Halal diet...
Response to 'Open Letter from Muslims to Jews'
This open letter from Muslims to Jews is a welcome first step towards the goals we aspire to achieve through interfaith dialogues--peace, understanding and mutual respect. The Centre of Studies for Muslim-Jewish Relations should be commended for opening...
The Jewish Museum in Prague during the Second World War
The Jewish Museum in Prague has as many as 40,000 items in its collections, the uniqueness of which is underlined by the exceptional circumstances under which most of them were acquired by the museum. Nearly all of the items were confiscated during...
The Role of Religion in Public Life
Personal Access What is a vocation? Already as a young girl, I did not consider my faith to be something private. Faith was my way of seeing the world; it was also what showed me my responsibility in and for the world. Ever since I was about sixteen...
The Role of Religion in Public Life
Ein Tzaddik Ela Memaheh', 'no-one can pretend to be a Tzaddik--righteous--unless one is ready and willing to intervene in the affairs of the world'. I open with this particular Talmudic phrase because I believe that in many respects this teaching is...
The Story of the Torah Scrolls from the Collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague after the Second World War
The Jewish Museum in Prague (JMP) was founded as an association in 1906. (2) The largest expansion of its collections occurred in tragic circumstances during the Second World War, when almost all the Judaica, books, manuscripts and archival documents...
Two Have Hold of a Tallit: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Rabbinic Scholarship
I am a congregational Rabbi; neither an academic scholar of Rabbinics, nor an academic scholar of twentieth-century theology. I was also not the first person Professor Saperstein asked to address a conference designed to appreciate and assess the enduring...