In speaking of Jesus, I must speak about Christianity because I do not think it possible or profitable to divide the two.
I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto, though it hasn't been very comfortable. Taken together, their limitations cancel each other out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly.
If a dish doesn't turn out right, change the name and don't bat an eyelid. A fallen souffle is only a risen omelette. It depends on the self-confidence with which you present it.
I once asked God what I could give him. "Your problems," he said. "I've got everything else.
When you do a good turn you feel rich, even if you are broke.
I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.
I began to see that my problems, seen spiritually, were really my soul's plusses.
I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven, heaven happened. These things changed my life. I owe them to my encounter with Christianity.
My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I've begun to enjoy parts of it too. So far I've had it good and am crumbling nicely.
I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.
The secular world is more spiritual than it thinks, just as the ecclesiastical world is more materialist than it cares to acknowledge.
My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.
This Christian poison hasn't stopped yet.
I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto and the Jewish badge of shame. The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how.
I still go to a Christian priory for retreats.
For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
It was admitted by the early rabbis that the sectarians could be as full of good works as eggs were full of meat.
It's more fun to watch without joining in.
Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles, whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection or casting out demons from an epileptic.
For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that God has fully revealed himself. For a Jew this cannot be.
During the Second World War, evacuated to non-Jewish households, I encountered Christianity at home and in school.
I didn't want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs.
I was not comfortable worshipping another Jew.
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