Frasi di Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Abraham Joshua Heschel

Data di nascita: 11. Gennaio 1907
Data di morte: 23. Dicembre 1972

Abraham Joshua Heschel è stato un rabbino e filosofo polacco naturalizzato statunitense.

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Frasi Abraham Joshua Heschel

„Vi è felicità nell'amore della fatica, vi è miseria nell'amore del guadagno.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„Ciascuna ora è unica, la sola concessa in quel momento, esclusiva ed infinitamente preziosa.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„Le cose, quando vengono magnificate, sono le contraffazioni della felicità.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„È il momento che conferisce significato alle cose.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„Prima venne la santità del tempo, poi la santità dell'uomo ed infine la santità dello spazio.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„L'ebraismo è una religione del tempo che mira alla santificazione del tempo.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„Pregare è la grande ricompensa dell'essere uomini.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Origine: Da Chi è l'uomo?; citato in Gianfranco Ravasi, Prefazione, in Carlo Maria Martini et al., La preghiera di chi non crede, Oscar Mondadori, Milano, 1995, p. 9. ISBN 88-04-40707-7

„Quando mente e anima si trovano in reciproco accordo, allora nasce la fede.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Origine: Da L'uomo non è solo, traduzione di Lisa Mortara ed Elena Mortara Veroli, Mondadori.

„Nella civiltà tecnica noi consumiamo il tempo per guadagnare lo spazio.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Il Sabato: Il suo significato per l'uomo moderno

„There is neither advance nor service without faith.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

"The Holy Dimension", p. 338
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997)
Contesto: There is neither advance nor service without faith. Nobody can rationally explain why he should sacrifice his life and his happiness for the sake of the good. The conviction that I must obey the ethical imperatives is not derived from logical argument but originates from an intuitive certitude, in a certitude of faith.
There is no conspiracy against reason, no random obstinacy, no sluggish inertia of mind or smug self-assurance entrenched behind the walls of believing. Faith does not detach a man from thinking, it does not suspend reason. It is opposed not to knowledge but to backwardness and dullness, to indifferent aloofness to the essence of living. … It is a distortion to regard reason and faith as alternatives. Reason is a necessary coefficient of faith. Faith without explication by reason is mute, reason without faith is deaf. There can be a true symbiosis of reason and faith.

„Religion is critique of all satisfaction.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

"No Religion is an Island", p. 264
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997)
Contesto: Religion is critique of all satisfaction. Its end is joy, but its beginning is discontent, detesting boasts, smashing idols. It began in Ur Kasdim, in the seat of a magnificent civilization. Yet Abraham said, "No," breaking the idols, breaking away. And so every one of us must begin by saying no to all visible, definable entities pretending to be triumphant, ultimate. The ultimate is a challenge, not an assertion. Dogmas are allusions, not descriptions.

„In the realm of faith, God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

"The Holy Dimension", p. 337.
Heschel made similar statements in earlier writings: The great insight is not attained when we ponder or infer the beyond from the here. In the realm of the ineffable, God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.
Man Is Not Alone : A Philosophy of Religion (1951)
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997)
Contesto: In the realm of faith, God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. To rationalists He is something after which they seek in the darkness with the light of their reason. To men of faith He is the light.

„To men of faith He is the light.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

"The Holy Dimension", p. 337.
Heschel made similar statements in earlier writings: The great insight is not attained when we ponder or infer the beyond from the here. In the realm of the ineffable, God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.
Man Is Not Alone : A Philosophy of Religion (1951)
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997)
Contesto: In the realm of faith, God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. To rationalists He is something after which they seek in the darkness with the light of their reason. To men of faith He is the light.

„Every moment is great, we were taught, every moment is unique.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Zookeeper's Wife (2008)
Contesto: In my youth, growing up in a Jewish milieu, there was one thing we did not have to look for and that was exaltation. Every moment is great, we were taught, every moment is unique.

„It is a distortion to regard reason and faith as alternatives. Reason is a necessary coefficient of faith. Faith without explication by reason is mute, reason without faith is deaf.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

"The Holy Dimension", p. 338
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997)
Contesto: There is neither advance nor service without faith. Nobody can rationally explain why he should sacrifice his life and his happiness for the sake of the good. The conviction that I must obey the ethical imperatives is not derived from logical argument but originates from an intuitive certitude, in a certitude of faith.
There is no conspiracy against reason, no random obstinacy, no sluggish inertia of mind or smug self-assurance entrenched behind the walls of believing. Faith does not detach a man from thinking, it does not suspend reason. It is opposed not to knowledge but to backwardness and dullness, to indifferent aloofness to the essence of living. … It is a distortion to regard reason and faith as alternatives. Reason is a necessary coefficient of faith. Faith without explication by reason is mute, reason without faith is deaf. There can be a true symbiosis of reason and faith.

„It seems as though we have arrived at a point in history, closest to the instincts and remotest from ideals, where the self stands like a wall between God and man.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

"The Holy Dimension", p. 329
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997)
Contesto: It seems as though we have arrived at a point in history, closest to the instincts and remotest from ideals, where the self stands like a wall between God and man. It is the period of a divine eclipse. We sail the seas, we count the stars, we split the atom, but never ask: Is there nothing but a dead universe and our reckless curiosity?
Primitive man's humble ear was alert to the inwardness of the world, while the modern man is presumptuous enough to claim that he has the sole monopoly over soul and spirit, that he is the only thing alive in the universe. … But there is a dawn of wonder and surprise in our souls, when the things that surround us suddenly slip off the triteness with which we have endowed them, and their strangeness opens like a gap between them and our mind, a gap that no words can fill. … What is the incense of self-esteem to him who tastes in all things the flavor of the utterly unknown, the fragrance of what is beyond our senses? There are neither skies nor oceans, neither birds nor trees — there are only signs of what can never be perceived. And all power and beauty are mere straws in the fire of a pure man's vision.

„Denial of transcendence which claims to unveil the truth of being is an inner contradiction, since the truth of being is not within being or within our consciousness of being but rather a truth that transcends our being.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Origine: Who Is Man? (1965), Ch. 5<!-- Existence and expediency, p. 86 -->
Contesto: Authentic existence involves exaltation, sensitivity to the holy, awareness of indebtedness.
Existence without transcendence is a way of living where things become idols and idols become monsters.
Denial of transcendence contradicts the essential truth of being human. Its roots can be traced either to stolidity of self-contentment or to superciliousness of contempt, to moods rather than to comprehensive awareness of the totality and mystery of being.
Denial of transcendence which claims to unveil the truth of being is an inner contradiction, since the truth of being is not within being or within our consciousness of being but rather a truth that transcends our being.

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