Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Person's Worth

“To recognize a person is not just to identify him physically. It is more than that: it is an act of identifying him existentially…To recognize a person means to affirm that he is irreplaceable. To hurt a person means to tell him that he is expendable, that there is no need for him.”

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik in Angel for Shabbat


  1. Nice vort.

    However, it helps if the person has identified and developed himself in such a deep way first. :) If they themselves haven't accomplished much in that vein, it can be harder for others to do so as well. :)

  2. A good point. What happens when children are raised in an environment where they are but a number? How will they even know to develop themselves?