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These works are considered Weil's primary essays and letters. In addition, Simone Weil's niece has contributed an introductory article entitled, 'Simone Weil and the Rabbi's: Compassion and Tsedekah,' which puts Weil's relationship with Jewish thought into perspective. She includes source material from the Rabbis that put Weil (however reluctantly) in line with rabbinical thought throughout her major themes. The book is the ideal English introduction to the works and thought of Simone Weil, including important preface material (by Jersak) on how to read her work, as well as her relationship to Roman Catholicism and Judaism.
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By BroDanCha on 11-01-16
You Speak Weil - And Do Not Know So
If you could sum up Awaiting God in three words, what would they be?
Kenotic, Mystical, Feminine
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sylvie Weil's defense of Judaism is filled with the voice of the Talmud. She goes after her Aunt Simone with all vigor. The Introduction is nothing but an apologetic on behalf of Judaism, and it works. Part of Simone Weil's attraction is her complicated religious journey: European Jew, near Catholic, and Mystic.
What about Rosemary Benson’s performance did you like?
Benson's voice is very listenable for me. It is believable, and perhaps more feminine than Weil's own voice deserves. But it is clear and firm without the sufferable cadence often found in readers of philosophy who must meter their reading in order to get through the material.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
Brad Jerzak's translator leaf reveals a personal encounter with Weil. "She must be read, not talked about." Agreed.
Any additional comments?
I had to buy the book. There is too much gold here. Weil's work influenced Vatican II, is read by Popes and hipster neo-evangelicals alike. Contrary to all the uber-speak of the 19th century, Weil answers with a post-modern voice of self-sacrifice and determination that challenges the dogma of the 20th century and all that went wrong with positivistic idealism. Her voice is the sane voice, the voice from below - and hardly anyone can live up to it. If you need an accessible Christian mystic, then Weil is your good read. Now if only Christians and secularist alike would do as she says.
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By Jon on 06-28-18
Wonderful book. Lovely narration.
I can only think of Sir Roger Scruton who has been able to come close to describing "Beauty" as well as this book manages to do. Weil shows a keen insight on human nature and the struggle for us to find our place in the world. As an atheist, the religious slant was in no way off putting. The poetic application of the relationship between "God" and mankind is well explained in this work. Finally a word on the narration - Excellent.