Strength From Humility

“Difficult though Jewish faith is, it has had the effect through history of leading us to say: if bad things have happened, let us blame no one but ourselves, and let us labour to make them better. I believe it was this that led Jews, time and again, to emerge from tragedy, shaken, scarred, limping like Jacob after his encounter with the angel, yet resolved to begin again, to rededicate ourselves to our mission and faith, to ascribe our achievements to God and our defeats to ourselves. I believe that out of such humility, a momentous strength is born.”

The Arc of the Moral Universe (Ha’azinu, Finding Faith, Covenant & Conversation)