Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Our problems are timeless.”

Our problems are timeless because, fundamentally, we still want exactly the same things: external objects, like new cars and fancy clothing, and internal things, such as love, the desire to advance, and the strength to cope with loss.

We may have more trinkets to keep us busy, but we as humans are the same as always, with the same basic drives and quests.

The only real changes in this world of unceasing mutability are the subjective ones, not the objective ones.

A person who changes will perceive real change, but when a person remains unchanged, nothing will really change.

Despite the speed of events, the novelty and the newness, we inadvertently face the same basic questions.

The passage of time, our finiteness, the fact that most of us will not be remembered as individuals, and that even whole societies will eventually be wiped out.

If there is any hope for change in this world, people must turn to the only thing that can indeed make a difference: themselves. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz