JTS Pick: ‘Heschel My Hero,’ Yes To Ordaining Gay Rabbis

April 17, 2006 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Civil Rights | Leave a comment

(Forward) Arnold Eisen traveled to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America 35 years ago, ostensibly to interview the legendary professor Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel for the student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania. But for the young religious studies major the encounter with the spiritual icon and civil rights activist was more than just an assignment.

"He saw at once that I had personal questions to ask him," Eisen recalled this week, "and he was, in a Buberian sense, totally there for me, totally present, for two solid hours, and the guy changed my life."

Now Eisen is poised to do what Heschel never could — change the seminary from within.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7657


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