The Legacy of Franz Rosenzweig. Collected essays pages:211-218
The Franz Rosenzweig Meeting Workshop location:Phoenix (Arizona) date:12-15 April 2002
The complementarity of Judaism and Christianity, as sketched by Rosenzweig, may not be the main point. I pointed out why I, as a Christian, feel ill at ease when reading Rosenzweig’s view on Christianity. The question may well be how we can experience the value (of the liturgical rites) of the other for our own standing in the reality of revelation. Otherwise, how can we tolerate the differences? To tolerate has here an active meaning as to carry the other. How can we tolerate or bear and carry the differences without landing into in-difference? This type of non-in-difference is made possible only by respect or dilectio. It is a concrete form of responsibility and carrying the other. But, and this may be the heaviest part, it is also the responsibility and humility of being carried by the other. To our opinion, the reading of Cusanus opens possibilities for dialogue because he posits the dialogue, as Rosenzweig, inside of love, but without a complementary coercion. The differences are not thought to be complementary from a common ground of the revelation shared, but the shared vision on the topicality of revelation grows forth from a respectful dealing with the differences.