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“… the widespread superstition that the soul can do everything by itself … fundamentally means nothing but this: what you have just experienced always was in you. … But what occurred to me was ‘otherness,’ was the touch of the other. Nietzsche says it more honestly, ‘You take, you do not ask who it is that gives.’ But I think that as we take, it is of the utmost importance to know that someone is giving. He who takes what is given him and does not experience it as a gift, is not really receiving; and so the gift turns into theft. But when we do experience the giving, we find out that revelation exists.”
In Gates of Prayer, Chaim Stern, ed. (New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1975), 11.