Friday, July 16, 2010

the judges

I just finished reading Elie Wiesel's novel The Judges. The book jacket says
"a gripping novel of guilt, innocence, and the perilous of judging both."
If you have read any of Wiesel's work, you will be familiar with the philosphical, religious and moral questions that he raises. Here are some quotes that jumped out at me.
  • Exile is the principle theme of human existence. Adam and Eve were exiled from paradise. Thereafter the whole universe, and its creator too, lived in exile. (146)
  • You can serve God | by making yourself useful to mankind; you can liberate the Messiah from his prison by consoling a being in distress; or you can celebrate divine law simply by bringing up a child in the faith of our ancestors. (147-148)
  • Achieving the goal does not signify the end of the quest. (150)

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