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Healing Wounds: Reflections On Abraham Joshua Heschel And Interfaith Partnership In Poland

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An international, interfaith conference on the Jewish philosopher and prophetic voice, Abraham Joshua Heschel (19071972) was held at the University of Warsaw in June 2007. This meeting was conceived and organized by Stanislaw Krajewski, a Jew and professor of philosophy, to commemorate the hundreth anniversary of Heschels birth, to enhance relations between Jews and Christians in Poland and in North America, and hopefully, to heal old wounds. Heschel was revered as a representative of Jewish tradition. His mastery of classical sources encompassed Bible, Talmud, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and Jewish mysticism. While it is true that Polands sparse post-Holocaust Jewish population is not itself sufficient to nurture a dynamic renewal, the Jewish Culture Festival, which, in its seventeenth year was organized primarily by non-Jews, lasted longer than a week. These interfaith encounters in Poland provided unique opportunities to confront significant spiritual, ethical, and identity problems.

Keywords: Abraham Joshua Heschel; Christians in Poland; interfaith conference; Jewish tradition; Stanislaw Krajewski; University of Warsaw



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