Quotation by Daniel Bell

In the Catholic world, one can leave one's home and wander in various fields, but the tents of the Church are large, its compassion great, forgiveness easy. The loss of home in Protestant living is more difficult, yet not shattering, for each man is still a part of the entire community who are bound by an impersonal ethic of love. But in Jewish life, each home is an island unto itself, and the severing of the ties of family and tradition causes a tremor which can never be settled. The position of the Jews through the centuries, a stranger in every land, no voice, no ban their own, deepens this traumatic condition. For not only have they no home as their own as a people, but within each alien culture the strange gods tear away the sons and there is no home in the family.
Daniel Bell (b. 1919), U.S. sociologist. "A Parable in Alienation," The Winding Passage, Abt Press (1946).
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