Quotable Heschel

An Ontological Necessity

For Abraham Joshua Heschel, prayer does not fill a psychological or societal need. Rather, it “constitutes the very essence of man.”


Quotable Heschel

Kavanah & Keva: Spontaneity and Duty in Prayer

“The essence of prayer,” writes Abraham Joshua Heschel, “is agada, inwardness.” Yet, “it would be a tragic failure not to appreciate what the spirit of halacha (Jewish law) does for it.”


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The Vital Question

“The essence of living as a human being is being challenged, being tempted, being called,” writes Abraham Joshua Heschel. Prayer, he continues, is a necessary response.


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On Prayer

Prayer, writes Abraham Joshua Heschel, should not be seen as a "strategem for occasional use," but "rather like an established residence for the innermost self."


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The Prayer Book Complex

Abraham Joshua Heschel on the relationship between prayer and prayer book, and the difference between asking how to pray, and what to pray.