Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Digests of resolutions adopted by the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
between 1889 and 1974

The pen of Martin Buber has written his last word. The teacher of two generations has ascended to the Academy on High. The Central Conference of American Rabbis pauses in reverence at the passing of the great master. His death heightens the realization of how much of the intellectual and spiritual space in which we live has set its dimensions through the influence of Martin Buber. In the discourse of the world's thinkers his concept of "I and Thou" is a line of reference necessary to the thoughtful student of human existence. Martin Buber, in his life and work, has continued the way of the teachers of the Torah. While bespeaking the uniqueness of the Jewish people in history, he evolved a message of universal impact. An eloquent spokesman of Zionism, his focus was upon the strong spiritual bond of the land of Israel for Jews throughout the world. Yet his vision of Zion fulfilled awaits a rapprochement of Jew and Arab. A discoverer of the vital message of Hasidism for the deepening of Jewish experience, he brought the world to inspired admiration of what had been considered an obscure movement of Eastern European Jewry. He was an inspired interpreter and translator of the Bible. He probed the subtle depths of its language, and in a teaching encounter with young and old, he demonstrated the timeless relevance of the Book of Books.

Last flower of the Golden Age of German Jewry, he struck deep roots in Israel as a teacher to a generation of Israelis. In his visits to other countries he was hailed as the bridge builder who linked divergent peoples and faiths in the dialogue created by the discovery of the "Other." It can be truly said of him: The wise and learned increase the peace of all generations.

Be it resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the bereaved family. (1965, p. 118)