The Inward Person

“Civilisation always runs the risk of substituting “seems” for “is.” Those who dress like kings may have the hearts of slaves, fearful, resentful and vindictive. Those who wear the robes of holy people may be corrupt. That is why Jewish sensibility is, on the whole, sceptical of official uniforms. God sees, and teaches us to see, the inward person, what Hamlet called, “that within which passeth show.””

Covenant and Conversation: Exodus, pp. 244-245