“The task which confronts all of us is that of finding a cause we believe in and joining the group which is dedicated to its achievement.”
On February 26, 1961, Rabbi Olan confronted what it means to be in a minority group of thought, faith, and even history.
It can be discouraging when your views do not seem generally accepted, he says, but so often it is only the persevering and united few who can bring about real change.
“The terrible evil of war must some day be removed from the face of the earth, and you or I can bring it about. We can join with a few others dedicated to its fulfillment, and without discouragement work and sacrifice, grow tired, but persist.”
Such persistence would soon be essential. The Vietnam Era in American history officially began two days after Rabbi Olan delivered this radio sermon.