Justice Comes First

“The Prophetic faith elevated justice to a primary position in the religious life because it conceived of the world as essentially law abiding and moral.”


Hearing the news today, the presence of justice may often feel lost — in our laws, our legislation, our daily lives. This was the thrust of Rabbi Olan’s sermon on November 19, 1961.

He makes key statements such as: “The strong in our midst dominate and crush the weak as is so flagrantly evidenced in the tensions of race relations and general minority discriminations.” And “We have conspicuous consumption amidst painful poverty.”

With these ongoing struggles, Rabbi Olan seeks to show how the Prophetic faith can keep us grounded in a true and deep sense of justice, especially when it comes to helping others and avoiding both community and global strife.

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