The Prophets

“Who is a leader of the Jewish people? Only one who loves the Jewish people. Reading the prophetic literature, it is easy to see the prophets as social critics… [But] the prophets loved their people. They spoke not out of condemnation but from the depths of deep desire. They knew that Israel was capable of – and had been summoned to – great things. They never criticised in order to distance themselves, to set themselves above and apart. They spoke in love – God’s love.”

Love as Law, Law as Love (Bamidbar, Covenant & Conversation)