26 02, 2015

More on Lessing

By |2015-02-26T13:11:09-07:00February 26th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                      More on Lessing   This Lessing parable that I discussed a few days ago is beautiful and sounds true, but a careful examination of Nathan’s parable and his entire play “Nathan the Wise” makes it clear that Lessing’s view, like that of Halevi, which I also discussed a few days ago, is extreme, [...]

22 02, 2015

Gotthold Lessing’s magic ring

By |2015-02-22T11:42:29-07:00February 22nd, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                               Yehuda Halevi and Gotthold E. Lessing   Sometimes people change Judaism with extreme interpretations. The Bible seems to confirm that Jews are chosen by God for special loving treatment. Deuteronomy 7:6, for example, assures the Israelites, “you are a people consecrated to the Lord your God: of all the people on earth the [...]