Awaiting God (218 pages) combines a fresh translation (by Weil scholar, Brad Jersak) of Simone Weil’s ‘Waiting for God’ and ‘Letter to a Priest’ (Attente de Dieu and Lettre un Religieux) in one volume.
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.