THANK GOD ALMIGHTY
"The plight of the Negro must become our most important concern."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement. Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel was its Jewish conscience. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1907 into a family of Jewish Hasidic scholars, young Abraham quickly demonstrated his own learning abilities in the study of Jewish texts. He was ordained as a rabbi while still in his teens and moved on to the University of Berlin. "In those months I went through moments of profound bitterness," he recalled. It was painful for him to reconcile his fervent religious beliefs with the study of philosophy. Slowly, he began to realize that his Hasidic background provided the