from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo

From

Yom Hashoah

Rembrandt, the Holocaust and the Quest for Authenticity

We live in a world where there are too many beauty parlors. We have created a cosmetic world where man’s real skin is hidden, yet we are told that this is what life is all about. People try to convince us that we live in a world of pandemonium, that it is wishful thinking to believe in virtue and integrity, and that the only way to survive is to graft goodness onto selfishness. They claim that in order to endure one must be suspicious, and that authenticity is a non-starter. We are told to be more evasive and smooth- tongued in order “to make it”. In this way, man engages in a life of fear and needs to believe that the ambush is the normal dwelling place of all men.

Please read the whole article. It’s well-worth your time.

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