Voice of the Day: Etty Hillesum

By Administrator 01-31-2007

Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due, for if everyone bears [their] grief honestly and courageously, the sorrow that now fills the world will abate. But if you do not clear a decent shelter for your sorrow, and instead reserve most of the space inside you for hatred and thoughts of revenge - from which new sorrorws will be born for others - then sorrow will never cease in this world and will multiply.

- Etty Hillesum
quoted in Marc Ellis, "Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation"

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