This volume brings together a collection of 13 previously published and five new essays by the Jewish philosopher Michael Wyschogrod. It also includes a biographical sketch and helpful introduction to his work, written by R. Kendall Soulen, who edited the collection. Wyschogrod represents an important voice in Jewish/Christian dialogue and inter-relations, and has for several decades. Unlike his esteemed teacher Joseph Soleveitchik, who eschewed inter-religious dialogue on matters of faith, permitting them only on secular matters, Wyschogrod challenged the distinction between the secular and sacred upon which that policy depended, because it undermined the proposition that “all Jewish values are ultimately rooted in revelation.” In addition to contributing to the dialogue in a variety of ways, which these essays demonstrate, Wyschogrod has been deeply involved in helping Christian institutions rethink their views of and relationships with Jews and Judaism since Vatican II.
R. Kendall Soulen characterizes the thought of Wyschogrod in these essays in the following useful way: “Whatever the topic at hand, Wyschogrod’s thought orbits a single center of gravity: God’s free yet irrevocable love for the people Israel, and in connection with Israel, for the world as a whole. Wyschogrod frequently orients the reader on this reality with a deceptively simple affirmation, and then traces its consequences in a way that combines intellectual rigor with originality and an eagerness to address hard and uncomfortable questions.”
A must – read for those interested in significant works that promise to advance Jewish/Christian relations. Index and list of Wyschogrod’s publications.