Let My People Know

"We may perhaps get to hear something"


In the Middle Ages, they used to say that the highest point of knowledge is to know that we do not know. 

Yet there is a tremendous difference between the "I don't know" of the ignorant and the "I don't know" of the learned person. 

The difference is as great as that between the naiveté of a child and that of a person who knows a great deal, yet remains innocent. 

We, as human beings, are at the point of sometimes being able to ask questions, or begin a prayer. 

We believe – as the Ba'al Shem Tov said – that the words of God in Mount Sinai are eternal. in the sense that He is still speaking them.

God is still speaking; it is we who no longer hear. 

But if, in prayer, we will try long enough to listen, too, we may perhaps get to hear something.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz 
From a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, 1990 by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz