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