- The Rav, Joseph Dov Soloveitchik is quoted by
- on Mesorah.org as part of his larger article, “Orthodoxy’s Retreat from Modernity.”
While Rabbi Soloveitchik claimed to have successfully transmitted the intellectual
heritage of Judaism to his students, he admitted to failure in transmitting the Jewish religious experience. This, he felt, was because
Act like children and experience religion like children. This is why they accept all types of fanaticism and superstition. Sometimes they are even ready to do things that border on the immoral. They lack the experiential component of religion, and
simply substitute obscurantism for it. After all, I come from the ghetto.
Yet I have never seen so much naive and uncritical commitment to
people and to ideas as I see in America. All extremism, fanaticism and
obscurantism come from a lack of security. A person who is secure
cannot be an extremist.