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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “What does a crisis accomplish?”

What does a crisis accomplish?

It breaks the iron curtain and allows a person to feel.

Many people in the world act, speak, go through the motions of life yet are in a state of anomie. 

They conduct the entire cycle of their lives on one plane.

Such a person comes and goes, enters a scene and leaves a scene.

Things in his life are constantly changing, but he never has a genuine experience.

Only a crisis can challenge such a state. 

After the crisis, he is like a person who has suffered a burn.

As the old skin peels, he begins to feel with the new skin.

Although he feels pain, he has pleasant sensations as well.

A new sensitivity has been created, open to everything.

—Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz