November 4–28, 2010

Imagining Heschel

Imagining Heschel is a concert reading exploring the private conversations between Cardinal Augustin Bea and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from 1962–1973, when Heschel was asked to aid the Vatican Council in formally exonerating the Jews for the death of Christ – a crucial repudiation of anti-Semitism.

Colin Greer's imagined discussions between these philosophical giants in the midst of the numerous struggles of the late 1960s – including the war in Vietnam which Heschel strenuously opposed, and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, which he supported - lend enormous insight into contemporary issues of peaceful resolution in the Middle East. Imagining Heschel raises important questions about the justification of violence by any faith, and the limits of forgiveness.
“Never again, Bea… Never again to kill the love in our hearts as if dying in God’s Will.”
– Heschel
Imagining Heschel closed on November 28th after a successful 4 week run!
Post-Performance Discussion Nights:

Susannah Heschel on November 10
Dr. Hussein Rashid & Rev. Robert Chase on November 17
Ruth Messinger (Intersections International) on November 22
Dr. Cornel West on November 26

Video from Post-Performance Discussion
with Susannah Heschel

On November 10th Susannah Heschel (Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and daughter of Rabbi Heschel) participated in a post-performance discussion with playwright Colin Greer, moderated by Simon Greer (President/CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice)

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