Religion: One Reality

At 26, Franz Rosenzweig, a German Jew, decided to become a Christian. Before he could be taken into the Lutheran Church, he dropped in for the 1913 Yom Kippur services at a little Berlin synagogue. Nobody is certain what thoughts and feelings the services gave him, but by the time they were over, Rosenzweig had changed his mind, resolved to live his religious life as a Jew and "return to where I have been elected from birth."

When he was 35, Franz Rosenzweig fell ill of a creeping paralysis which eventually robbed him even of the power to speak and left him...

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