Beyond the Walls: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Edith Stein on the Significance of Empathy for Jewish…

Hardcover | October 23, 2012

byJoseph Palmisano

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Joseph Palmisano explores the interreligious significance of empathy for Jewish-Christian understanding. Drawing on the writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) and Edith Stein (1891-1942), he develops a phenomenological category of empathy defined as a way of 're-membering'oneself with the religious other.Palmisano follows Heschel's and Stein's personal and spiritual journeys through the darkest years of Nazi Germany. He shows that Heschel's call to Christian interlocutors for a return to God is an ecumenical call to humanity to embrace perceived others: a call to live life as a response to God'spathos. This call finds a prophetic answer in Edith Stein's witness of empathy with regard to the Holocaust. Stein, a Catholic, creates a dialectical bridge with the Jewish "other," neither distancing herself nor denying her Jewish roots. Stein's simultaneously Jewish and Christian fidelity is amodel for interreligious relations. It is also a challenge to Catholics to remember their religion's Jewish heritage through new categories of witnessing and belonging with others.Beyond the Walls is a critical contribution to the fostering of interreligious understanding, offering both a model of the ideal Jewish-Christian relationship in Heschel and Stein and criteria with which to evaluate contemporary initiatives and controversies concerning interreligiousdialogue.

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Joseph Palmisano explores the interreligious significance of empathy for Jewish-Christian understanding. Drawing on the writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) and Edith Stein (1891-1942), he develops a phenomenological category of empathy defined as a way of ''re-membering''oneself with the religious other.Palmisano follo...

Inaugural Rev Michael Hurley SJ is post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College in Dublin.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019992502X

ISBN - 13:9780199925025

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Towards Pathos: Preliminary Considerations2. Towards a Hermeneutics of Empathy: Mystery, Being, Subjectivity3. Pathos and Sympathy4. On Empathy5. A Finite and Eternal Being: Conversion and Carmel6. Beyond the Walls of Carmel7. Stein's Kenosis: Reimaging WitnessingTowards a Conclusion: Empathic Witnessing as Interreligious DialogueNotes