Table of Contents

Towards pathos : preliminary considerations.
Towards a hermeneutics of empathy : mystery, being, subjectivity.
Pathos and sympathy.
On empathy.
A finite and eternal being : conversion and Carmel.
Beyond the walls of Carmel.
Stein's kenosis : reimaging witnessing. Empathy is a way of re-membering oneself with the religious other that buttresses an interreligious unity-in-diversity. This book therefore proposes a way of strengthening the bonds of friendship and dialogue between Judaism and Catholicism is through a more detailed consideration of the phenomenological category of empathy vis-à-vis Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) and Edith Stein (1891-1942). The book's methodology is phenomenological and narrative in approach, and is therefore necessarily contextual in so far as it takes seriously the post-Shoah situation. Heschel's call for a prophetic return to God, a call that is "ecumenically" expansive and supportive of humanity's need to receive otherness, is a call to live life in the form of response to God's pathos. This call finds a prophetic response through Edith Stein's interreligiously attuned scholarship and witness of empathy, as narratively "drawn" from within the chiarascuro horizon of the Shoah. Stein's portrait rises in the typology of "mandorla" figure-as one capable of dialectically bridging sameness with otherness-conveying an em-pathos in word and deed that is less narrow and more interreligious in kind, precisely because her "way" of martyrdom is as a re-memberer with the religious other(s) who is same: she neither distances herself nor denies her consanguinity with the Jewish people. Stein's Jewish and Christian fidelity, while being an archetype for interreligious relations, also challenges Catholicism to do the teshuva work of remembering its Jewish heritage through new categories of witnessing and belonging with otherness.