Dialogue with Christianity and Defense of Jewish Civil Rights

While Mendelssohn employed dialogue as a rhetorical and literary tool within his writings, many of his published works also fit directly within a larger discussion about how to reconcile the rationalism of the Enlightenment with religion, and the question of Jewish emancipation in particular. Though he achieved unprecedented fame and acceptance in Christian circles, he was also subject to discrimination and attacks on his faith, and he was repeatedly called publicly to convert to Christianity. His responses laid the ground work for much of modern Jewish philosophy.

Jewish Civil Rights