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By Gilya Gerda Schmidt

Martin Buber used to be born into cultures, a Jewish relations and the Austrian native land. on the flip of the century, he remarked that emancipation had failed, German tradition used to be loss of life and that Jews have been all alone. This booklet elucidates his artistic genius and his contribution to Jewish renewal.

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As we will see from the following two sections of the chapter, he made it clear only that the new community would hail from a different source than the old and would inevitably emerge from the decadence of contemporary culture. For the German Jew, decadence was not yet a problem. Buber saw it as his task to keep German Jewry from such a direction and, as we shall see in Chapter 3, he took this self-imposed charge seriously. On Old and New Community Buber was a herald figure, ahead of his time. He was "an anticipator" (ein Ahnender), like Friedrich Nietzsche and Jakob Böhme, or, as he put it in another context, a John-the-Baptist figure, a forerunner.

60 The quality of German Page 18 culture was not what it used to be, and neither was its individual counterpart, Bildung (personality development). " 61 Like the concept of culture, the concept of Bildung evolved in the age of idealism with Johann Gottfried Herder, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Schiller, and Goethe. " Bildung, of necessity, encompasses religion. The ways or methods of acquiring this education are not limited. 63 Buber asserted that at the turn of the century, the terms culture and civilization were confused because his contemporaries did not significantly distinguish between them.

35 In an age when the individual is so important, such a community could not possibly survive. And it did not survive. 38 Buber made it clear that in his view the new community would consist of a voluntary association of individuals who shared a desire for togetherness beyond (jenseits) economic and religious associations. The terminology reminds us of Buber's intellectual indebtedness to Nietzsche and especially of Jenseits von Gut und Böse Beyond Good and Evil) (1886), in which Nietzsche left behind the moral, though not aesthetic, categories of contemporary thought.

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