Jews: All Life Is a Meeting

"If you wish to believe, love." What Martin Buber taught, he also lived. A lifelong Zionist, the century's greatest Jewish thinker nonetheless preached friendship for the Arabs of Palestine. He was Judaism's first ecumenist, who revered Jesus as much as a Jew might, and gently, unpolemically defined the gap that only God could bridge between the two types of Biblical faith. A leader of German Judaism until he went to Palestine in 1938, Buber fought Nazism with patriarchal dignity; yet he accepted an award from a German university a few years after...