Robert Gordis

Robert
Gordis
1908
1992

American Conservative Rabbi, Biblical Scholar, Founded first Conservative Jewish Day School, President of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Synagogue Council of America, Author

Author Quotes

it will never be outmoded as long as the systole and diastole of human life survives, and men fluctuate between progress and reaction, growth and decline, hope and illusion.

On every important issue life transcends logic and it is folly to depend on reason alone.

Those humble but indomitable workers, to whom later generations referred by the collective name of Baale Masorah, Masters of Tradition, performed in obscurity their Herculean task of guarding the Biblical Text against loss or variation.

What counts in life usually cannot be counted.

Countless generations of students and general readers have been intrigued by this deeply human book, which half reveals and half conceals the fascinating yet enigmatic personality of its author.

Institutions are essential in order to preserve the achievement of the past, but the original creative impulse in every age comes from the amateur, the rebel, the breaker of idols.

It is human love, not that of a god, which is glorified in the Song, and that with a wealth of detail, which rules out an allegorical interpretation.

Pride is a deeply rooted ailment of the soul. The penalty is misery; the remedy lies in the sincere, life-long cultivation of humility, which means self-evaluation and a proper perspective toward past, present and future.

Author Picture
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Gordis
Birth Date
1908
Death Date
1992
Bio

American Conservative Rabbi, Biblical Scholar, Founded first Conservative Jewish Day School, President of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Synagogue Council of America, Author