Monday, November 1, 2004

It is Either Tragic or Holy to be a Jew

"Understanding Judaism cannot be attained in the comfort of playing a chess-game of theories. Only the ideas that are meaningful to those who are steeped in misery may be accepted as principles by those who dwell in safty. In trying to understand Jewish existence a Jewish philosopher must look for agreement with the men of Sinai as well as with the people of Auschwitz.
We are the most challenged people under the sun. Our existence is either superfluous or indispensable to the world; it is either tragic or holy to be a Jew."
- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
God in Search of Man


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.