Rabbi Dan Orenstein

Heschel's ideas about prophecy, radical amazement, and communal responsibility have inspired me for decades.

Albany, New York
A Jewish Perspective

Where did you first encounter Heschel’s work?

Though I knew from an early age that my mother had studied with Dr. Heschel, my first formal encounter with him was through an anthology of his writings given to me as a gift by my high school social studies teacher. Heschel’s ideas about prophecy, radical amazement, and communal responsibility, as well as the beauty of his writing, have inspired me for decades.

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