• Author: conscienceofthecity

  • Seeking Oneself


    “Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of God among the trees of the garden.  And God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” In this sermon, Rabbi Olan stops calling …

  • MLK

    “Martin Luther King said just the day before he was murdered that if a man does not have a cause for which he is ready to die, he is dead already.”

    – Rabbi Levi A. Olan. From “From Birmingham to Memphis,” broadcast April 28, 1968

  • 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.