If I am not for myself,
Who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself,
Who am I?
Hillel, Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14.
A hard journey, you and me.
A new land, strange.
All we knew, gone.
The people we were, gone.
The lives we planned . .
A new life waiting.
But not so bad.
Excerpt from The Best Of Men, 2012,
Film based on the pioneering work of Ludwig Guttman, German-Jewish neurologist who worked with paraplegic patients and founded the Paraolympic Games.
Justice, Justice, shalt thou pursue.
Deuteronomy Chapter 6, Verse 20
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
Delivered by Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
Man does not live forever. As such then, he should live out his days, L’Chaim – To Life!
We at L’Chaim Brewery know this:
That we do not want to reach a day when we shall look about and confront that we have created a void: That we have dashed about unconscionably from apathy to apathy, from injustice to injustice, without a thought for the sacredness of life, endlessly repeating a death-bound existence;
That not only at the moment of death shall we be accountable for the time that we have lived, but also that at every moment of our lives we are each to live responsibly to the life that we hold and to the lives that we are to behold;
That we should each be able to say and to show to ourselves and to our future generations –
Here, here is the good that I have created for you and for me!
Adapted from a letter dated May 23 1963 and written by Yonatan Netanyahu, wherein he expressed the following excerpt –
Man does not live forever. He should put the days of his life to the best possible use. How to do this I can’t tell you. I only know that I don’t want to reach a certain age, look around me and suddenly discover that I’ve created nothing. I must feel certain that, not only at the moment of my death shall I be able to account for the time I have lived, I ought to be ready at every moment of my life to confront myself and say — This is what I’ve done