Secular Holiness

David Gurion, in Memoirs, has a chapter on the primacy of the Bible as a text of Jewish life, even Jews are activist, that is they have a Messianic spirit. The are not missionaries since they don’t seek to convert others to their ways. But they are merciless with themselves. The Bible has imparted to them that divine discontent leading at its best to initiatives such as the pioneering life at its worst to persecution but their fellow men. It has never allowed them as a people to enjoy for long comfortable mediocrity.