Let My People Know

"The Western world is the universe of consenting adults"


Most of the matters that have a great influence in our Western world send one basic message: 
'Everything is permitted as long as one doesn't hurt others.' 

The Western world is the universe of consenting adults. 

However, when one is in a Jewish culture with a Jewish environment, one has a very different point of view, and these two points of view cannot be put together. 

One cannot make any kind of compromise between them. 

Both of these worlds as they exist now – the Jewish world and the Western world – have one thing in common: they are internally consistent. 

At a certain point, however, a choice must be made. 

Doing so does not mean that life becomes easy, but it becomes something that can be dealt with.

What cannot be dealt with is a contradiction that one does not know exists. 

When a person thinks, while sitting in silence, that he is listening to what is called the thin small voice, sometimes what he is really hearing is the radio. 

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