Frases de Abraham J. Heschel
Abraham J. Heschel
Data de nascimento: 11. Janeiro 1907
Data de falecimento: 23. Dezembro 1972
Abraham Joshua Heschel foi um rabino austro-americano.
Citações Abraham J. Heschel
„It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion--its message becomes meaningless.“
— Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
„People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state--it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle.... Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one's actions.
Source: The Wisdom of Heschel“
„The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song.
Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.“
— Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays