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Anne Lamont

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers."

Elie Wiesel

I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marching with other civil rights leaders from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 21, 1965. From far left: John Lewis, an unidentified nun, Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:

For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips, and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was a worship. I felt my legs were praying.

Rabbi Hillel

Rabban Yochanan Ben Sakkai

The advice of Yochanan ben Zakkai:

If you are planting an olive tree when you learn that the Messiah has come, finish planting the olive tree and then go to greet the messiah.

Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai, the founder of Yavne, which is described here

Anne Lamont

The difference between you and God is that God doesn't think God is you

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods.
The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision

From: “On Prayer”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason

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