Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the outstanding figures of modern Orthodox Judaism in the twentieth century, was opposed to interfaith dialogue and more particularly, to theological dialogue with the Catholic Church. In guidelines laid down in his paper 'Confrontation' in 1964 he proposed that Jews and Christians should discuss social and ethical problems together, but not matters theological. Since he was personally well acquainted with non-Jewish secular learning and had a philosophically sophisticated understanding of the role of halakhah, there has been much speculation as to why he sought to restrict dialogue in this way. Fifty years after 'Confrontation' was issued, it may be useful to re-examine his reasons and motivation in this matter and consider what relevance it has for contemporary interfaith relations.
In Memory of Jan Fuchs
Jan Fuchs was one of the Jews who were rescued by the Danish resistance in October 1943. He later settled in the UK, where in his last years he became a friend and mentor to the author who here recalls his life with affection and gratitude. Jews and Christians have rather different approaches to the idea of what it means to be ‘saved’. This article is a critical reflection on how this has played out in the fraught history of Jewish Christian relations, and what implications this has for their different attitudes to Holocaust commemoration.