Retreating Behind High Walls

“I am a Rabbi. For twenty-two years I was a Chief Rabbi. But in the end, I think it was we, the Rabbis, who did not do enough to help people open their doors, their minds, and their feelings to the Presence beyond the universe, who created us in love that our ancestors knew so well and loved so much. We were afraid: of the intellectual challenges of an increasingly secular culture; of the social challenges of being in, yet not entirely of, the world; of the emotional challenge of finding Jews or Judaism or the State of Israel criticised or condemned. So we retreated behind a high wall, thinking that made us safe. High walls never make you safe; they only make you fearful. The only think that makes you safe is confronting the challenges without fear and inspiring others to do likewise.”

Studies in Spirituality, p. 282