Hermits and monasteries are noticeably absent from Jewish history; we are a hopelessly communal people.
-R. Lawrence Kushner
The one who made the Holy Ark itself was unable to feel superior to the one who made the courtyard tent pegs.
- Mei HaShiloach on Exodus 36:13
R. Mordechai Yosef Leiner, the Itzbitzer Rebbe