This Day in Jewish History 1783: Its Author Safely Dead, ‘Nathan the Wise’ Premiers in Berlin

The German authorities forbade Gotthold Ephraim Lessing to write seriously about superstition and religious revelation. So he put it in a play.

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On April 14, 1783, the play “Nathan the Wise,” Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s plea for religious pluralism and tolerance, premiered in Berlin, two years after the author’s death.