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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The measuring rod”

When Man, and only Man, decides how to measure “progress,” he expels God and the acceptance of the absolute values emanating from the Throne of Judgment.

When Man makes the measuring rod, his measurements are meaningless and he ceases to measure altogether:

The lowest individual becomes equal to the greatest, and Man can no longer tell if he is growing or shriveling.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz