“I don’t plan on dying Frank, but I can’t live in fear.”
“I’m not going to pretend that it’s easy. I struggled with it for a while. But this is who I am, this is who my ancestors were. I’m not going to let them take that away from me.”
“One thing I realized about my people is that we have a different sense of time. These may be dark years, but we’ll survive. We always do. You’ve just got to find something to hold onto.”
“The Man in the High Castle.”
“You may not understand this. I live by a 5,000 year-old book. I ask it questions as if it were alive. It IS alive. It tells me you have a purpose. It says a superior person in an inferior position, accepting a task graciously, brings good fortune to all.
We must all have faith in something, Miss Crain. We cannot see ahead alone.”
“The Man in the High Castle”
“[Rav Kook wrote that] the mitzvot light the way to the perfection of the future – a time when the animals will have been transformed into humans, and humans into angels. Thus kashrut is mean to prepare us for vegetarianism, a great step forward in the moral perfection of the human race – but must not be done before its time, for the complacency and self-satisfaction it might bring. Indeed, he wrote, one could imagine a bloodthirsty tyrant who prided himself on his vegetarianism, eerily presaging Hitler.”
“China lost its Middle Kingdom with the end of Ming Dynasty. Lost its Han ethnicity with the conquest by the Qin Dynasty, lost its face with the Cultural Revolution, and then lost its morality with economic reform.”
Senior Fellow and Director, John L. Thornton China Center
The Brookings Institution
One must study Mussar, but from a text that he will write himself, articulating the teachings closest to his own soul. Such is the nature of wisdom.
Israel must remain distinct from the nations, as mind remains distinct from matter. And that distinctiveness is morally justifiable only by virtue of Israel’s vocation for all mankind.
Darwin came up with one of the most profoundly religious insights of all, because Darwinian evolution tells us that the Creator made creation creative. … Evolution is actually a profoundly religious insight.
via A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | February 20, 2015 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS