Emmanuel Levinas, “A Religion for Adults” in Difficult Freedom (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), p. 20.
This austere doctrine in no way leads to the inhumanity of despair. God is patient – that is to say, lets time pass, awaits the return of man, his separation or regeneration. Judaism believes in this regeneration of man without the intervention of extrahuman factors other than the consciousness of Good, and the Law: ‘Everything lies in the hands of God, except for the very fear of God.’ Human effort has unlimited possibilities. There is finally the help given by a just society from which the unjust person may benefit.
Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)