Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human Existence (New York: Macmillan, 1967), p.72.
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A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What do you think Heschel means by “the true gold mines of a culture?”

2. Do you agree with this test, why or why not?

3. What other tests do you think exist for a society?

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Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)