Living Memorably: Connecting Segregated Moments to a Continuum

Please share your thoughts in response to Abraham Joshua Heschel’s statement. What does it mean to be an “authentic individual”, an “heir”or a “pioneer” living “within a continuum of history” in the 21st century?

“The authentic individual is neither an end nor a beginning, but a link between ages, both memory and expectation. Every moment is a new beginning within a continuum of history. It is facetious to segregate a moment and not to sense its involvement in both past and future. Humbly the past defers to the future but it refuses to be discarded. Only [the one] who is an heir is qualified to be a pioneer.”(Abraham Joshua Heschel, 20th C)

Shabbat Shalom u’moadim l’simcha,

Rabbi Nina

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