Jews read the books of Moses not just as history but as divine command. The question to which they are an answer is not, ‘What happened?’ but rather, ‘How then shall I live?’ And it’s only with the exodus that the life of the commands really begins.
Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study.
The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.