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Norman Lamm Quotes and Sayings

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In Judaism, there are 613 biblical commandments,
and the Talmud says that the chief commandment of all is study.
- Norman Lamm

Most students have thoughts about emigrating to Israel.
A significant number go on aliyah.
We are proud of our Israel programs,
which come at a considerable cost to the university.
- Norman Lamm

However, the word madda in modern Hebrew specifically means science.
- Norman Lamm

Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals
go free than let one innocent man be executed.
The Innocence Project represents that point of view.
- Norman Lamm

 

Judaism is an intellectually based religion,
and the single most important theme is that of study.
- Norman Lamm

Modern Orthodoxy has a highly positive attitude toward the State of Israel.
Our Ultra-Orthodox brethren recognize only the Holy Land,
but not the state.
- Norman Lamm

No religious position is loyally served by refusing
to consider annoying theories which may well turn out to be facts.
- Norman Lamm

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I was not the midwife of the Law School,
but its fraternal twin.
- Norman Lamm

As a result of this article, I was invited to testify
in the Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy law.
- Norman Lamm

I showed that privacy was an implicit right in Jewish law,
probably going back to the second or third century,
when it was elaborated on in a legal way.
- Norman Lamm

Not all Modern Orthodox Jews, at the present juncture,
identify with what the Israeli government does.
In Israel many religious Zionists strongly oppose the
government because of the disengagement.
- Norman Lamm

As far as YU faculty and students are concerned,
the love for Israel is very strong.
Probably about three thousand of our graduates have settled in Israel.
On average, every year 650 male and female students
study in Israel for a minimum of one year.
- Norman Lamm

I was critical of the Israeli government,
however, for not being prepared for the move.
One does not uproot thousands of people without planning
in advance what will be done with them.
This was a political and human error in which the government functioned poorly.
- Norman Lamm

Conventional dogmas, even if endowed with the authority of an Aristotle -
ancient or modern -
must be tested vigorously.
If they are found wanting, we need not bother with them.
But if they are found to be substantially correct,
we may not overlook them.
- Norman Lamm

My mother, whose family was heavily rabbinic,
said she wanted me to continue the family tradition in the rabbinate.
My father said he wanted me to be a scholar of the Talmud,
but he wanted me to make my living in science.
- Norman Lamm

Most Modern Orthodox are religious Zionists.
Despite all differences and nuances among us,
we consider the founding of the State a historic change.
We accept it as something that came from Providence.
- Norman Lamm

I think our vision heretofore has been and should continue
to be to have Cardozo be the kind of law school that we can be proud of.
I would like to see it gain recognition as one of the
three best law schools in New York City.
- Norman Lamm

At Cardozo, study of law is part of a larger culture.
You can get a law degree and make a good living,
but it is best that you do that having studied the
discipline for its own inherent merit,
because you love studying.
- Norman Lamm

I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.
- Lionel Blue

Judaism has always been a strong interest of mine.
My two sons speak Hebrew and are familiar with the
scriptures and with rabbinic literature.
This is the way we live.
- Herman Wouk

I am tolerably ignorant about Judaism,
and much of what I do know about it seems hard to swallow,
because it is so grounded in legalism,
and adherence to rituals.
- Fred Melamed

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- Chaim Potok

Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal
truths that are indispensable to salvation,
of no revealed religion in the sense in which that
term is usually understood.
- Moses Mendelssohn

It therefore become essential for the future of Judaism
itself that its advancement should be correlated with
a similar effort to advance the cause of religion generally.
- Louis Finkelstein

We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

My husband, Jim, converted to Judaism just before our wedding.
- Anita Diament

Judaism is a conspiracy against all races.
- Tom Metzger

The observant Jew has his own sense of values.
Torah Judaism is his blueprint for this life,
his target for existence.
- Meir Kahane

I believe in Christianity, Judaism and Islamism,
but I stay away from churches, synagogues and mosques.
- Ted Lange

The Lord God, the creator of Judaism and the God of
Judaism and Christianity,
empowered our minds and gave us the ability to question.
- Michael Novak

Judaism lives not in an abstract creed,
but in its institutions.
- Berthold Auerbach

We realize that Judaism as a faith can survive only
in an atmosphere of general faith.
- Louis Finkelstein

Christians must be Jews.
The truth of what we believe depends on the truth of Judaism,
depends on the first covenant.
- Michael Novak

I find its attention to living this life rather than
the next one exhilarating because I think even independently
of Judaism that that's the right way to go about life.
- Janet Suzman

It seems to me that Islam and Christianity and Judaism all have the same god,
and he's telling them all different things.
- Billy Connolly

Jews do not have to be Christians.
Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism,
but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
- Michael Novak

Indeed if we Christians so tell our story that Judaism is silenced,
then we have not spoken rightly of Christ.
- Timothy Radcliffe

Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism,
Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut,
visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
- Karen Armstrong

What is supposed to be the very essence of Judaism -
which is the notion that it is by study that you make yourself a holy people -
is nowhere present in Hebrew tradition before the end
of the first or the beginning of the second century of the Common Era.
- Harold Bloom

First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal
in common with the Christian religion because,
as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show,
Christianity is based on Judaism.
Christ was Jewish.
- Barbara Walters

Again, I was influenced by my father,
who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating
the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism,
which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in.
- Robert Jay Lifton

OK, well maybe I have to get back to Judaism.
In the sense that if I look at me and my forebears
forever stretching back to I don't know,
whenever there's no sense of place and therefore no sense of nationality.
- Janet Suzman

A Jew without Jews, without Judaism,
without Zionism,
without Jewishness, without a temple or an army or even a pistol,
a Jew clearly without a home, just the object itself,
like a glass or an apple.
- Philip Roth

Judaism is much more communal, and partly as a consequence of my religious switch,
I am increasingly more suspicous of my previous view
that what people do in the privacy of their own home is their business alone.
- Luke Ford

I'm not going to get in to an argument with anyone
about the relative merits of Judaism and Christianity,
and what it means for a Jewish kid to be a Christian -
I'm just not interested in that argument.
- T-Bone Burnett

Our society is the product of several great religious
and philosophical traditions.
The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity,
Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that
is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates?
The American Jewish community is not going to survive
by lining up against its common enemy.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong,
who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
- Bono

Journalism seems to have recovered its reason for being.
- Howard Kurtz

I knew the moment it happened, it was a miracle.
I could have been kissing her when she threw up.
It would have scarred me for life.
I may never have recovered.
- M. Night Shyamalan

More people deserted our party and we have never recovered.
- Denis Thatcher

In fact, it is amazing how much European films -
Italian,
French, German and English - have recovered a certain
territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.
- Wim Wenders

Ministers regularly meet soldiers that have returned
from operational tours to hear about their experiences,
including those who have recovered from their injuries.
- Geoff Hoon

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty,
but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered
from a disappointed passion.
Such wounds always leave a scar.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mourning is not forgetting...
It is an undoing.
Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent
and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust.
- Margery Allingham

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered;
for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
- Henry A. Kissinger

One of the cruelest judgments sustained against me
is that I have spoken out as a recovered alcoholic
to stimulate my acting career.
- Mercedes McCambridge

He was the only person caught in the collapse,
and afterward, most of his work was recovered too,
and it is still spoken of, when it is noted,
with high regard, though seldom played.
- William Gaddis

In childhood I developed a serious throat infection,
and my heart stopped beating.
I recovered from that illness with a voice that boomed forth like Kate Smith's!
- Patsy Cline

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
- Thomas Paine

The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait
until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man,
but such beings are seldom met with.
- Giacomo Casanova

The other was the best recovered in his condition;
and being now pretty well,
was appointed nurse to the rest of the sick.
Next to oranges, I thought the cyder had the best effects.
- James Lind

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force.
When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
- Dorothy Thompson

I was so astonished that another had penetrated so
deeply into the secrets of my soul,
and that he knew what I did not know myself,
that when I recovered from it he had already been long upon the street.
- Max Muller

This was in June, 1866.
Frank wrote for me to come to him at once,
and although my own wound was still very bad,
I started immediately and stayed with him at the house
of Mr. Alexander Severe, in Nelson county, until he recovered,
which was in September.
- Jesse James

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes
with the first moments of our first great sorrow,
when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed,
to have despaired and have recovered hope.
- George Eliot

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby


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