The Messiah sits at the gate to Jerusalem and awaits people worthy of redemption. He is fettered, and he needs whole people to untie his chains. He has had more than his fill of pious adherents; now he is fervently seeking men of truth.
–From the sayings of The Rabbi of Kotzk,
There Is None So Whole as a Broken Heart, p 115
Fortunate is he whose help is the G-d of Jacob, whose hope rests upon the Lord his G-d. He makes the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; He keeps His promise faithfully forever. (Tehillim 146: 5-6)
“Rabbi Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s something I can’t figure out.” “What’s that, Joey?” asked the rabbi. “Well, according to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?” “Right.” “And the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?” “Er, right.” “And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?” “Again you’re right.” “And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doing something important, right?” “All that is right, too,” agreed Rabbi Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?” “What were all the grown-ups doing?”