Words to Live By

For the past few months, I’ve been sharing with you quotations that have special meaning to me.  I got lost in the inspirational words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and stayed there!  I’m moving on to other authors, but I strongly recommend you read Heschel’s books, starting with I Asked For Wonder and then moving on to God’s Search for Man and other titles.

This week, here is one of my favorite “words to live by”, a quotation from the modern Jewish philosopher Martin Buber:

“When people come to you for help, do not turn them off with pious words, saying ‘Have faith and take you troubles to God.’ Act instead as though there were no God, as though there were only one person in the world who could help – only yourself.” 

May you have a week of blessings and a Shabbat of peace,

Rabbi Debbie Israel