• Welcome!


    The mission of this blog is to stimulate interest in the deeply perceptive and still-relevant teachings of Levi A. Olan (1903-1984) by sharing from the Levi A. Olan Sermons and Images at Bridwell Library Digital Collection. The title "Conscience of the City" was applied to Rabbi Olan by a Fortune magazine reporter in 1964. Although Olan's city was Dallas, his thought transcends locality. Our goal is to...

  • Human existence

    “Human existence by its nature cries out for chesed, loving-kindness. We need to receive it and give it if life in this dangerous world is to survive.”

    – Rabbi Levi A. Olan. From “A New Look at Good Will,” broadcast January 10, 1965.
  • No man or group

    “No man or group of men have the moral right to deny a man an equal chance with all other men. It is a violation of the spirit of our founding fathers and it is blasphemy against God.”

    – Rabbi Levi A. Olan. From “Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience,” broadcast February 19, 1967.

  • An ancient teacher

    “An ancient teacher [Hillel] counselled: ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me?’ He was not advocating selfishness as a way of life. If you cannot love yourself, you will never be able to love anyone else.”

    – Rabbi Levi A. Olan. From “Some Things Are Not For Sale,” broadcast October 17, 1967.