On Being Yourself

“It is of utmost importance in this hour for the man who takes the oath of office of President of the United States to remember the words of Ezekiel: ‘thou art man and not God.'”

In his radio sermon on February 5, 1961, Rabbi Olan delves into questions around how we know our true selves while asserting why we must remember our humanity and our humility no matter what part we play — or what power we have — in society.

His discourse spans an examination from the individual to the dueling powers of the United States and Russia to the role of the United Nations. Much of what he says could be in response to the news today.

“A nation which in pride plays the role of God shall be brought down to the pit. Let us play the role of men among the peoples, knowing our own limitations, and sympathize with the weaknesses of others.”

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