My Friendship with Martin Buber
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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A person does not spend his entire life polishing a single lens unless doing so quickens his awareness, hones his perspectives, and releases a continuity of signifi cant discoveries. Not shack-led by the imperatives of classical pedagogy, Professor Maurice Friedman’s intellectual career, which spans sixty years of study, ...
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...help with the demanding task of revision—of bringing the book gestions, including that I end it with my memorial address after Buber’s death—but also was instrumental in bringing this book to publication by initiating contact with and handling all necessary ...
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I was with Martin Buber in his three visits to America as well as death in 1965. The chapters that contain my selections from my fi f-teen years of correspondence with him retain the form of dialogue that was close to Buber’s heart. I claim, nonetheless, that this book is more than just a personal memoir. It is a part of living history....
1My Friendship withMartin Buber Begins
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...great scholars and expositors in his day of the aggadic (nonlegal) Buber had a quality, which I inherited from him, of deeply caring about responding to one’s unique personal call with a wholeness of the being that includes genuine decision and what the Hasidim expression to this concern in his philosophy of dialogue for which ...
2The Cost of My Commitment
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I spoke in the last chapter of having no notion of what the com-mitment to Buber would entail. I shall in this chapter sacrifi ce chronology and offer a few vivid illustrations of the price I would have to pay to honor the vow I made to fulfi ll my commitment to work with Martin Buber after I received a wonderful letter about ...
3On the Suspensionof the Ethical
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In the fall of 1950, Buber suggested that I translate his essay “On the Suspension of the Ethical.” I objected that I did not see myself as a translator and had never in fact had a formal course in German. “I can tell,” he replied, “you are faithful and you are readable.” Thus began years of my translation of Buber’s works, ...
4Martin Buber’sFirst Visit to America
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In November 1948 Louis Finkelstein, director of the Jewish Theo-logical Seminary of America, an institution that trains Conserva-tive rabbis, approached Buber about coming to America to lecture meet the next Jewish generation face to face in the immediacy of life and not just through his books, for he was more than ever con-...
5Sartre, Heidegger,Jung, and Scholem
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...any conceptual form what has taken place in the countless human encounters with evil. Buber coupled the primordial mythical intu-ition of Zoroastrianism with directly experienced reality in such Just as importantly, Buber designated two stages of evil, which he had never done before: a fi rst in which evil grows directly out ...
6The Life of Dialogue
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...stand and thus better explain his work. I was, at the time, as I still remain, fascinated by Buber’s understanding of the dialogue between God and man in the Talmud. “Would it not be correct to say that the reciprocity of the I-Thou relationship implies some action on the part of God,” I asked him in a letter in 1952, “in ...
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In May 1954 I received a letter from Dr. Heinz Joachim Heydorn, who had written a fi ne article on Buber as a Socialist, in which he asserted that next to Albert Schweitzer Buber stood out as the person with the greatest integrity in the world at the time. In his words, referring to Buber’s collection of Hasidic tales The Legend ...
8The Washington Schoolof Psychiatry and theBuber-Rogers Dialogue
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In the spring of 1957 Martin and Paula came for their second visit to America, acting on the invitation of my friend Leslie Farber, chairman of the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry. Buber’s great concern before coming to the Washington School of Psychiatry, in addition to his health and the problem of delving ...
9Postscript to I and Thou
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In the late summer of 1957, Buber was planning a trip to Munich for a June 1958 conference. Buber had agreed to share a platform with Martin Heidegger, “who,” Buber wrote to me, “is more to my taste than his writings.” He had had what he called a “very interesting” meeting with Heidegger shortly after leaving Amer-...
10Buber’s Last Visit to America
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In the spring of 1958 Buber came to America for the last time at the invitation of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University where, by a happy coincidence, his old friend Albert Einstein was also present. This was the shortest of his three visits ment of the home of Malcolm Diamond, a professor of religion at ...
11Interrogations and Responses
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...time, Buber wrote to me from Venice that his “wife has been taken grave one).” Since their ship to Haifa was not scheduled to depart until the end of the month, Paula Buber was checked into a hospital on the Lido. Seven days later, on August 10, Buber wrote to tell me:My wife died two days ago. Her strong heart resisted fi rst to a ...
12Our Stay in Jerusalemand Buber’s Last Years
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...was fulfi lled when we went for four months to stay in Jerusalem. Buber’s granddaughter Barbara (the sister of Judith, whom I had the house in the Arab section of Jerusalem where the Bubers had formerly lived. She lived with her husband in a house in Talbiyeh where Martin and Paula had lived since the inception of the State ...
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...“What do you think of Martin Buber?” a student of mine once asked Paul Tillich in my presence, obviously expecting some criti-cal intellectual reply.1 “What do I think of him?” Tillich exclaimed. “I love him.” To my student the name “Martin Buber” stood for a collection of books. For Paul Tillich it evoked the presence of a ...
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Page Count: 198
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and the Arts
Series Editor Byline: Harold Bloom, Ken Frieden