In the Beginning



P. 3 David Lurie

All Beginnings are hard. . . . And sometimes I add what I have learned on my own: "Especially a beginning that you make for yourself. That's the hardest beginning of all."

P. 125 Ruth Lurie

"it is his nature to be hard. He was always hard. And stubborn. You get use to it. There are things your father does not like to talk about too often. The remind him of failure. So we do not talk about them, especially on Shabbos."

P. 131 Max Lurie

"A man cannot ignore the job given him by his life. I am not to blame if goyim kill Jews. I can only be blamed if I do not do my best to help my friends who have been hurt."

P. 279 Mr. Bader

People exist by virtue of the help the give to one another. That's what I believe. Helping people improves the helper person's life and keeps the helping person human.

P. 280 David Lurie

Our task was to understand, to memorize, and to give back what we had learned. when Mr. Bader was done with that page it quivered and resonated with life.

P. 292 First Edition error

"Of course," he said. "W should not waste our study time talking

P. 296 David Lurie

He said it is as important to learn the important questions as it is the important answers. It is especially important to learn the questions to which there may not be good answers. . .Mr. Bader "Some are rich and some are poor. What does how much money a man makes have to do with his wisdom or the good he is able to do for others? There is a man on my committee who may go on home relief next month. He is the best man I have. No one in the entire Revisionist office has as sharp a brain as this man. It is nice to have lots of money and it is terrible to be poor and hungry. But the most terrible thing of all is to be useless. Do you understand, my scholar?"

P. 374 Max Lurie "We owe the dead an obligation. That is the most difficult job of all. When two people believe in the same thing and fight for it and one dies and the other lives--what a debt he owes. I wonder if goyim understand this." He stared down at the table. "I wonder how many Jews understand this."

P. 376 Max Lurie But because a leader dies suddenly does not mean his work should come to an end. His followers become leaders.

P. 00 First Edition error

It was a winy fall night. . .

P. 415 First Edition error


P. 424 Rebbe

A shallow mind is a sin against God," he said. "A man who does not struggle is a fool." . . . Unlike the Hasidic rebbe, who controlled the inner and outer life of his followers, the Lithuanian rebbe, antagonist of Hasidim, deliberately sought to make room for the intellectually brave to chart their own lives. He was shy of prying into the lives of his students. Distance with such a rebbe was an act of love.

P. 435 Rebbe

"I go wherever the truth leads me" . . . "Lurie, if the Torah cannot go into your world of scholarship and return stronger, then we are all fools and charlatans. I have faith in the Torah. I am not afraid of truth.."

P. 439 David Lurie

"I don't love anything else enough to want to invest my life in it."


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