"Who Is Man?" By Abraham Heschel

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A Prophetic Voice in Our MidstAs the decade of the 1960's moved onward from its hopeful beginnings through the ordeal of assassinations, urban crises, and protracted war to the opening of yet another new frontier in outer space, a disquieting voice was heard increasingly throughout America. The voice was that of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. On college and university campuses, at Christian seminaries as well as Jewish rabbinical assemblies, at colloquies on race relations and in the corridors of power, he spoke on the sensitive and difficult problems of the day in the best tradition of the Western conscience and of its biblical roots.Even in his physical appearance conjuring up the image of what an Amos or an Isaiah must have looked like--stocky, full-bearded, speaking softly but with passionate intensity--itsmall wonder that many viewed him as a latter-day Hebrew prophet. Heschel would reject the title, since, according to Jewish teaching, prophecy ceased in biblical times; yet in the adjectival sense, his was surely a "prophetic" voice. He himself provided the best description of what it would mean to stand in this tradition."The prophet," he wrote, is a man who feels fiercely. God has thrust a burden upon his soul, and he is bowed and stunned at man's fierce greed."Frightful is the agony of man ; no human voice can convey its full terror. Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, a voice to the plundered poor, to the profaned riches of the world. . . . God is raging in the prophet's wordsIt was at this deeper level that Abraham Heschel's protest was directed. To withdraw from Vietnam would no doubt mean losing face, he admitted (he understood the dilemmas of the policy-makers), but to remain there would mean something worse: losing our souls. He saw the continuation and escalation of the war as another instance of that moral callousness, that insensitivity to the sufferings of others combined with an overweening confidence in the rightness of one's own position, that underlay America's racial problem. And so he called--long before this became a theme of political campaigns--for national repentance, for a return to conscience and an enlargement of the moral imagination, for a dedication to peace rather than victory. In particular he appealed to those of religious faith. "To speak about God and remain silent on Vietnam," he warned, is blasphemous."A similar effort to penetrate to the deeper levels of a problem characterized Heschel's other public utterances during this period. In 1960, at the White House Conference on Children and Youth, he pushed the question back to the issue of the quality of life in our whole society. "The problem of our youth is not youth," he declared.The problem is the spirit of our age: denial of transcendence, the vapidity of values, emptiness in the heart, the decreased sensitivity to the imponderable quality of the spirit, the collapse of communication between the realm of tradition and the inner...

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