Renewal Not Despair

“Despair is not a Jewish emotion. Od lo avda tikvatenu: our hope, we say, has never been destroyed. For there is a Jewish way of telling the story of our situation… What happens is not chance but a chapter in the complex script of the covenant which leads, mysteriously but assuredly, to our redemption. Crisis in Jewish history has always led to renewal, not despair. So it must be now.”

Will we have Jewish Grandchildren?, pp. 19-20