We and Thou

“To be a Jew… is not just a matter of believing or behaving, but also of belonging. Martin Buber wrote a famous book about spirituality called I and Thou. It had a huge impact on Christian theologians, much less so on Jewish ones. The reason is self-evident. Judaism is less about the I-and-thou than about the we-and-thou. It is constructed in the first-person plural of togetherness… All-of-us is greater than any-of-us.”

Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, p. 116