He was the key Jewish figure in the American civil rights movement, in the course of which Heschel, the descendent of luminous Eastern European Hasidic rebbes, developed a profound friendship and theological partnership with Martin Luther King. Together they stood in the front line of the historic Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) -- rabbi, scholar, teacher, poet, a
devout Jew, a fervent advocate for the oppressed, a champion of
interfaith dialogue -- was one of the great religious voices of
conscience in modern times. He was the author of enduring books on
spirituality, among them The Sabbath, Man is Not Alone, God in Search of Man, and The Prophets. PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has named Heschel one of “the 25 most influential religious figures of the 20th Century.”
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