Let My People Know

"Back to the shtetl of 200 years ago? I don't think so"


The culture in which we live sends all kinds of messages in all kinds of forms, and sometimes it calls for a response. 

However, if one does not know where these messages are coming from, one becomes confused. 

If the voices being heard cannot be identified, the response will not always be correct.

Does this mean that we have to go to a desert or an island to cut ourselves off from any communication, or back to the shtetl of 200 years ago? 

I don't think so. 

It is enough that we understand that we are not just some kind of amphibious creature, but rather humans living in two worlds. 

Then we can begin to address the implications. 

I am not saying that it is easy, but I think it is possible to accept the knowledge and messages of the Western world as challenges that must be met, without always being forced to reject or contradict them.

We must accept them into the universe of our existence. 

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