Celebrating the Publication of The Ineffable Name of God: Man

You are warmly invited to an evening hosted by The Schocken Institute and The Jewish Theological Seminary celebrating the publication of:

The Ineffable Name of God: Man
Analysis of Abraham Joshua Heschel Poems by Alexander Even-Chen

Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Schocken Institute
Balfour 9, Jerusalem

5:30PM: Reception

6:00PM: Opening Remarks
Professor Shmuel Glick, President of the Schocken Institute
Professor Doron Bar, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Event Moderator: Professor Rachel Elior, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Abraham Joshua Heschel Giant of Literary Criticism and Liberal Judaism: Reflections on The Ineffable Name of God: Man
Dr. Avinoam Rosenack, The Hebrew University

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Poet and Prophet
Dr. Dror Bondi, Kerem Institute

Professor Alexander Even-Chen, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

About the Book

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. Born in Poland, the scion of an illustrious Hassidic dynasty, Heschel was expected to continue his family’s Hassidic line. He chose instead to realize the vision of the prophets and fight for justice in the world. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Berlin on the Prophets. This choice of topic would influence his outlook and approach to scholarship throughout his life. In 1938 Heschel was arrested by the Nazis and deported to Poland. He left Warsaw in 1939 before it was occupied and arrived in the United States in 1940.  In the 1960s Heschel was active in the American civil rights movement. There he wrote numerous important books including “God in Search of Man” and “Man is Not Alone.”  As a young man Heschel wrote poems criticizing God’s seeming lack of response to evil. His poetry expresses hope for the future as well as laments the suffering throughout the world. Heschel’sbook of poetry, “The Ineffable Name of God: Man,” was published before the war, forgotten and has not been extensively researched. Even-Chen’s book is one of the first comprehensive critical readings of the poems.

The Ineffable Name of God: Man.
Analysis of Abraham Joshua Heschel Poems by Alexander Even-Chen

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York and Jerusalem 2017

384 p.; hard cover, jacket; in Hebrew

ISBN: 978-965-456-069-6

About the Author

Alexander Even Chen is a professor of Jewish Thought at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He earned his PhD in Jewish studies from Hebrew University and rabbinical ordination from Schechter. As a teacher at the Masorti High School in Jerusalem, he helped develop informal Jewish educational activities, and has served as pedagogic advisor at the Bet Hatefutzot Museum in Tel Aviv.  He has served on the boards of the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Inter-religious Coordinating Council in Israel promoting dialogue between the three major monotheistic faiths.