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This Shabbat at CNS: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z"l on "Requiredness"

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z"l on "Requiredness"
with Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Life can feel like an unending series of choices. Is is possible that we make the decisions we do because we must? Because God or the universe or our souls demand we live in a certain way? How does our theology effect our actions? We'll read together two pages from Heschel's writings and explore together! 
(The conversation will begin approx. 1:15pm)

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no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
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To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
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God damn it.

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