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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story


Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2021
Running Time 57 MIN
Language English
Subtitles English
Director Martin Doblmeier

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most influential scholars of the 20th century. Author of important religious works including The Prophets, Heschel was a leading activist, mentor to the civil rights movement, critic of the Vietnam War, champion for Soviet Jewry and a pioneer of interfaith dialogue. Drawing on archival footage and rarely-seen interviews with a diverse group of people who knew and were influenced by Heschel, this comprehensive documentary provides a fitting portrait of the one of the most important Jewish figures of the last century.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Martin Doblmeier, Rav Baruch Frydman-Kohl and Rabbi Yael Splansky. Moderated by Dr. Greg Beiles of The Toronto Heschel School.
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Review “The film Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story captures not only Heschel’s courage under fire on civil rights, but also his stands on other moral challenges of his day” -

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