What manner of man is the prophet (Heschel)
Reading this I saw that the nit-picking of the Pharisees and the passion of the prophets look to the world (and to Pharisees everywhere) like the same thing. I want to learn a lot better to really distinguish these. I'm not rash enough to be too sure that I do.
I see more clearly just what the folly of philosophy consists of. It's not intellectual subtlety that makes philosophy foolish. It is its high-mindedness, its conceit, the notion that abstractions are somehow "higher" and more important than the concerns of widows and orphans and the justice and mercy due to them. The same high-mindedness is perfectly at home not only in graduate schools but in the most know-nothing anti-intellectual church, concerned with its doctrines, rather than with the widows and orphans that get the attention of the prophets.