Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Let us take off the filthy garments of empty pursuits.”

The accounting and reckoning, penetrating to the depths, must be performed in each of our hearts.

Let us not put the blame on others, great or small.

Let us not imagine that true rectification can be attained by superficial means, by daubing a little plaster, through false remedies.

Let us take off the filthy garments of empty pursuits, of racing after desires, of imitating others, of casting blame, and of evading responsibility.

Let us clothe ourselves again in the garments of salvation and adorn ourselves with a crown of true beauty.

Our fine clothes are soaked with the blood of generations, but their splendor has not dimmed.

They are heavy to bear, but they carry and uplift their wearers.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz