Where Are We?
3 November 2023
Herzl Prize Address, presented via video recording at the Jewish Leadership Conference, The Tikvah Fund, New York City, October 29, 2023. The Bible’s first question, asked of Adam by God, is ’ayekah, “Where are you?” Adam does not answer. The proper response, given later by Abraham and still later by Moses and the prophets, is “Hineni,” “Here I am.”You are in New York. I am in Jerusalem. So where ARE WE? As fellow Jews, in our hearts we are horrified, grieving, enraged, energized, determined. But where are we in our thinking and in our aspirations? Three suggestions for where we should be.