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In Search of the Meaning of a Life: AJ Heschel’s Legacy

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Joshua Krug is the Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, CA. Krug has facilitated teen and adult Jewish learning and meaning-making in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Jerusalem. He has served as a Jewish Studies teacher at Milken Community High School, a Madrich with gap-year program, KIVUNIM: New Directions, a retreat planner with Moishe House, and an educator with Kevah. He seeks to empower diverse young people to experience Jewish texts and contexts as powerful resources as he strives to build sacred community. Josh double-majored in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Humanities and received his B.A. with Honors and Distinction from Yale. He completed his Masters of Divinity from Harvard, and his PhD in Education and Jewish Studies from NYU. He is a poet, an aspiring mensch, and the founder of Opening Doors.

Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most important- and most enigmatic- figures of 20th century Judaism. Born in Poland in 1907, he received Orthodox rabbinic ordination at the age of sixteen, published original Yiddish poetry in Berlin, authored God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism, taught Jewish Ethics and Mysticism at JTS, and marched in Selma alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Was AJ Heschel primarily a rabbi, an activist, a thinker, a poet, a prophet (and/or something else entirely)? What is Heschel's legacy today?