When Zionism will bring the messiah, The Star (of Redemption) will be superfluous. Yet all the books will be superfluous (Rosenzweig, 1922).1

Anarchism held many attractions to me …. But it, too, filled me with terror. … This is a kind of messianic vision to which the transition is not possible with the forces functioning in history (Scholem, 1974).2

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The encounter between Franz Rosenzweig and Gershom-Gerhard Scholem was neither profound nor particularly consequential. While Rosenzweig appreciated Scholem’s proficiency in Kabbalah, for him Jewish mysticism would never become a significant source of inspiration.3 Scholem, meanwhile, extolled Rosenzweig as a modern Jewish theologian but rarely referred to his work in his studies of Kabbalah or in his essays on Jewish themes. Nevertheless, Scholem’s interpretation of, and disagreement with, Rosenzweig’s concept of redemption—and...

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