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Merton's Correspondence with:

Rabbi Joel Orent

Orent, Joel, Rabbi, 1930-2021  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962-1966
Volume: 10 item(s); 11 pg(s)

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Joel Orent was an ordained Jewish rabbi who writes to Merton about the possibility of exploring Buddhist and Catholic monastic traditions. He made some inquiries into living with some Catholic monastic communities. He first writes to Merton from New York, and later from Hollywood, California.

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1. 1962/10/10 HLS to Merton About six months ago, a friend who has visited with you in Gethsemani came to my room and spoke, «detailed view»
2. 1963/10/29 TAL[c] from Merton About your recent letters. They seem to me to be overwrought. Are you putting your imagination «detailed view»
3. 1964/02/11 TAL[c] from Merton About the romantic sehnsucht question. I would say first of all that it cannot be cured «detailed view»
4. 1964/06/24 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for the two long letters and the poems. I am sorry for not having answered, but as I suppose «detailed view»
5. 1964/09/23 TAL[c] from Merton If I tell you that I am sitting down to try to answer some twenty to thirty letters that have been «detailed view»
6. 1964/10/16 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for the letters and the poems. I think that the poems really look good and the idea «detailed view»
7. 1964/12/17 TL[c] from Merton This is just a hasty note to say I am very glad to hear you have got out of the hospital. I am glad «detailed view»
8. 1965/06/20 TL[c] from Merton Just a word of thanks for telling me about Buber's death, I rely on friends for this kind of news «detailed view»
9. 1965/12/06 TAL[c] from Merton You write me that you are thinking of taking up your dissertation once again, and you remind me «detailed view»
10. 1966/01/06 TL[c] from Merton I have been trying to find some kind of answer to your request to put you in touch with someone who «detailed view»

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