Thursday, January 13, 2011

Abraham Joshua Heschel - Dr. King's Partner in Peace

As we recall Martin Luther King this weekend, we also recall his partnership with the great Jewish leader of that time, Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Click here for a number of transcripts of Heschel's speeches and other primary sources on his life.
See below some extensive excerpts from the final interview TV Heschel gave, which aired in 1973 shortly following his death, along with a feature about that interview.

In this last collection of clips, see at the end, advice Heschel gave to youth:

I would say to young people a number of things, and I have only one minute. I would say let them remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Let them be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power, and that we can do, everyone, our share to redeem the world, in spite of all absurdities, and all the frustrations, and all the disappointment. And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to build life as if it were a work of art. You're not a machine. When you're young, start working on this great work of art called your own existence.

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