Let My People Know

"I do not think that hiding in a hole will provide a solution"


Every type of message we receive from the surrounding world has to be checked. 

Is it a truth or is it a mere assumption? 

Is it a cultural notion? 

Is it some different type of notion? 

So many parts of the messages in this country and many others are, for example, secularized Christian notions. 

When we encounter them, we may say that we do not accept them. 

But at the same time, some of them are wonderful. 

For example, I do not think that there is anything wrong with using radio or television, or any other product of technology, for Jewish purposes. 

I personally believe that progress is good, and that it goes well with our Jewish notions. 

I do not think that becoming a reactionary is any kind of answer, that hiding in a hole will provide a solution, because the things that surround me will follow me. 

What I am saying is that I have to face them. 

There are certain things I will not accept and certain things I will accept willingly and place within my system. 

Indeed, not only do I not see anything wrong with them, but I see them as something of a discovery.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From "Where do Torah and Science Clash?" in A Dear Son to Me by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz