“It is solemnly and piously announced that God, justice, and truth will always prevail.”
Sometimes it’s difficult to believe in God or a higher power, especially when it seems that everything is going wrong. In this address of December 27, 1964, Rabbi Olan acknowledges that religion can often be “only too often unrealistic, naïve, and irrelevant,” even listing out numerous reasons where it seems that religion has failed man. Yet, he also reminds us of the Maccabees, who fought against the Romans when their faith was threatened. He points to men like John Adams, who could have prospered under King George, yet he fought for America’s independence because he believed in the freedom of the colonies. Even though the road may seem dreary or a storm swirls around us, a victory is possible, if we simply choose to act on our beliefs.
*Written by Anjelica N. Ruiz.*