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May 07, 1971 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-05-07

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Franz Rosenzweig's Pioneering Work
in Establishing Religious Dialogue

Franz Rosenzweig was one of
the great pioneers in establishing
the modern Jewish-Christian dia-
logues. His family was well-to-do
and ultra-assimilated and he was
on the verge of conversion when a
great transformation brought him
to Jewish philosophic ascendancy
and to leadership in interpreting
religious thoughts.
Rosenzweig worked with Martin
Buber on a German translation of
the Bible and it was widely ac-
claimed among their great joint
works. He authored a two-volume
work on Hegel's political philos-
In the course of his close
Jewish relationships which gave
him major status in Jewish literary
and religious ranks he helped
organize the Frankfurt institute
for adult Jewish studies.
Rosenzweig's major work, "The
Star of Redemption," first was
published in 1921. It has just been
reissued by Holt, Rinehart and
Winston in a translation from the
second edition of 1930 by William
W. Hallo. The immense work is
enhanced by a foreword by Prof.
N. N. Glatzer.

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The result of his long struggle
with religious ideas which first
almost enticed him to Christian-
ity is embodied in "The Star."
In this important work, which
ranks among the great interpre-
tive works on religious philos-
ophy, the reader learns about
Rosenzweig's exploratory studies
of the inter-relation of God, man
and the world concerning re-
demption and revelation.
The man who pioneered in estab-
lishing the Jewish-Christian dia-
logue divided his work, "The Star,"
into three parts—The Elements or
the Ever-Enduring Proto-Cosmos,
The Course or the Always-Renewed
Cosmos, The Configuration or the
Eternal Hyper-Cosmos. In his
explanatory essay Prof. Glatzer
states that Rosenzweig's "paths"
— Creation, Revelation, Redemp-
tion—were used in an attempt "to
construct a comprehensive view of

Good Works
He who has more learning than greater than his knowledge is like
good deeds is like a tree with many a tree with fewer branches but
branches but weak roots; the first with strong and spreading roots,
great storm will throw it to the a tree which all the winds of

ground. He whose good works are heaven cannot uproot. —Talmud

became my mirror but God's
truth. God, who is the last and
the first—he unlocked to me doors
of the sanctuary which is built in
the innermost middle." And in
describing "this First" and "the
Last" Rosenzweig concluded thus
with this triangular inspiration:







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Franz Rosenzweig, who was
born in Cassel, Germany, in 1886,
The realism in relation to the studied in the Universities of Ber-
dialogue was thus expressed by lin, Freiburg and Leipzig. He
served in the German army from
"Before God, Jew and Chris- 1915 and he began his work on
tian both labor at the same task. "The Star" in •918. His transfor-
He cannot dispense with either. mation came on Yom Kippur of
He has set enmity between the 1913 when he began to feel his
two for all time, and withal has "closeness to God." He became
most intimately bound each to gravely ill but he defied his afflic-
tion and kept at his labors. He
"To us (Jews) he gave eternal died Dec. .10, 1929. —P. S.


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Star of his truth in our hearts.
Them (the Christians) he set
on the eternal way by causing
them. to pursue the rays of that
Star of his truth for all time
unto the eternal end . . . The
truth, the whole truth, thus be-
longs neither to them nor to us."
"The Star of Redemption," Ros-
enzweig wrote, "is become counte-
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out of which I glance. Not God


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