- “If a person comes to apologize for having hurt you, you must listen and forgive them.” (p. 68)
David Malter speaks to Reuven, rebuking him for his hostile response when Danny came to see him in the hospital.
- “People are not always what they seem to be . . . That is the way the world is. (p. 79)
Malter speaks to Reuven, after his son tells him that Danny is different from his first impressions of him.
- “You think a friend is an easy thing to be? If you are truly his friend, you will discover otherwise.” (p. 144)
Reb Saunders speaks to Reuven about his new friendship with Danny.
- “A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant.” (p. 217)
David Malter explains to his son how life can be full of meaning.
- “Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” (p. 219)
Malter talks to his son, who has just told him he intends to become a rabbi.
- “I am tired of waiting. Now is the time to bring the Messiah, not to wait for him.” (p. 220)
Malter speaks to his son about his work toward establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
- “Ideas should be fought with ideas . . . not with blind passion.” (p. 234)
Reuven reports on his father’s views, about the difference of opinion between Malter and Reb Saunders.
- “A teacher can also sometimes not know.” (p. 249)
Rav Gershenson admits that even he cannot explain a particularly difficult Talmud passage.
- “You can listen to silence . . . and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it.” (p. 262)
Danny speaks, alluding to his upbringing, in which his father never spoke to him except during Talmud study.
- “A man is born into this world with only a tiny spark of goodness in him. The spark is God, it is the soul; the rest is ugliness and evil, a shell. The spark must be guarded like a treasure, it must be nurtured, it must be fanned into flame.” (p. 276)
Reb Saunders, speaking to Reuven.