German Reform Rabbi, Theologian, Spiritual Leader during Nazi Germany
"All religion is an attempt to express... what is essentially inexpressible. Every new religion has to create its own language."
"Every answer given arouses new questions. The progress of science is matched by an increase in the hidden and mysterious."
"Through faith man experiences the meaning of the world; through action he is to give to it a meaning."
"Whenever the hidden, the unfathomable, is experienced whenever the meaning of all things is felt and grasped, then it is ether the devoutness of silence, that most intimate feeling of the living God, that deepest force of religious intuition and emotion, which takes hold of man, or, again, it is the uplift to imagery which is stirred up within him, the poetry which sings in prayer of the ineffable."
"Eternity is the great atonement of finitide. The earthly is reconciled with the endless. All atonement is fundamentally this: reconciliation of the finite and the infinite."
"Only through human freedom and responsibility are history and salvation able to fulfill themselves."
"Piety… respects the little – the little man, the little task, the little duty. Through the little, religion meets the greatness that lies behind."
"Perhaps a human being does not die until he no longer sees anything but the past and the present moment."