In speaking of Jesus, I must speak about Christianity because I do not think it possible or profitable to divide the two.
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.
The secular world is more spiritual than it thinks, just as the ecclesiastical world is more materialist than it cares to acknowledge.
I once asked God what I could give him. "Your problems," he said. "I've got everything else.
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.
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 literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
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.
When you do a good turn you feel rich, even if you are broke.
To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
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 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.
I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish one have much to give each other. If this open society continues and there is no return to political anti-Semitism, then this encounter, deeper than any theology, may happen.
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 have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
I began to see that my problems, seen spiritually, were really my soul's plusses.
Jews are just like everyone else, only more so.
For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
I was not comfortable worshipping another Jew.
Old friends die on you, and they're irreplaceable. You become dependent.
I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown, perplexed by my own sexuality. I was gay.
What would I have done if I'd been put to the test? Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably, I would have looked the other way at best or become another apologist for evil at worst.
I was not allowed a physical lover. Falling in love with Love was the best I could get.
The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.
For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that God has fully revealed himself. For a Jew this cannot be.
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