For many, this holiday week is a welcome time for some rest and renewal. We'll be visiting family in Florida and Chile.
This time of the year is also a time to reflect on what is important in our lives and consider future directions. Thoughtfulness is needed more than ever. On the subject of thoughtfulness, today is the 46th Yahrzeit of the theologian-activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory. Please take a minute to consider some of his teachings:
-When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
-Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
-Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
-It is not enough for me to ask questions; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?
-Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
-A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
May we find wisdom and joy in the coming year. B'Shalom, Reb David