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On Jewish Learning
Franz Rosenzweig
Edited by N. N. Glatzer

Modern Jewish Philosophy and Religion: Translations and Critical Studies
Elliot Wolfson and Barbara Galli, Series Editors

"Franz Rosenzweig wanted to reopen the silenced dialogue between the living generation and classical Judaism."—Nahum N. Glatzer

Franz Rosenzweig is one of the greatest contributors to Jewish philosophy in the twentieth century and is, with Martin Buber and Abraham Heschel, one of the Jewish thinkers mostly widely read by Christians. On Jewish Learning collects essays, speeches, and letters that express Rosenzweig's desire to reconnect the profound truths of Judaism with the lives of ordinary people. An assimilated Jew and scholar of German philosophy, Rosenzweig was on the point of conversion to Christianity when the experience of a Yom Kippur service in 1913 brought him back to Judaism, and he began to study with philosopher Hermann Cohen. Seeking how to be an observant Jew in the modern world, Rosenzweig refused to characterize the traditions of Jewish law as mere rituals, customs, and folkways. His aim for himself and for others was to find Judaism by living it, and to live it by knowing it more deeply.

Franz Rosenzweig (1886–1929) helped establish Das Freie Jüdische Lehrhaus (Free House of Jewish Learning) in Frankfurt-am-Main. His most influential book is The Star of Redemption, now published by the UW Press. His German translation, with Martin Buber, of the Bible is considered the finest since Martin Luther's.

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August 2002
128 pp.  5 1/4 x 8
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