"He is a remarkable man," my father murmured. "They are remarkable people. There is so much about them that is distasteful to me. But they are remarkable people.""I wish they weren't so afraid of new ideas.""You want a great deal, Reuven. The Messiah has not yet come. Will new ideas enable them to go on singing and dancing?""We can't ignore the truth, abba.""No," he said. "We cannot ignore the truth. At the same time, we cannot quite sing and dance as they do." He was silent a moment. "That is the dilemma of our time, Reuven. I do not know what the answer is."
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Those Hasidim ...
Chaim Potok, The Promise (Anchor Books, 1969; 1997), 312.