Let My People Know

"Blind reverence for people who are not really worthy"

“One can go from believing nothing to believing everything, from utter skepticism to utter credulity and a desperate effort to convince oneself of a thousand and one notions that may be not only spurious but actually even forbidden.

Acceptance of the Torah and the mitzvot turns into a kind of magical rite, belief in the Sages becomes blind reverence for other people who are not really worthy of such uncritical acceptance, and faith becomes hopeless fatalism.”

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From “Seriousness and Restraint” p. 49, in Teshuvah by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz