The Relevancy of the Past
This is important to understand; as soon as an event is dismissed as a story or myth that has no historical relevancy, that is to say, it is invalidated as an actual occurrence, the principles drawn from the event are also undermined. Thus, in the postmodern age, where everything is ripe for the taking and immediate dismissing, one stroke of criticism can cast down the truth, and hide it from the minds of that generation.
Unless we reclaim history, historical narrative, and the validity of the events described in the Bible, this entropy of all that is meaningful from the past will prevail, until the world is unrecognizable. Where do we begin? We do not need to worry about beginning. We already have the events of the Bible, more or less, ingrained in our memory, regardless of our background.
There is an adage concerning the study of Torah; it is emphasized that review is necessary to strengthen the bond of memory of these events to the soul. Improve upon what you already know; build up what has eroded over the years, since your bar or bas Mitzvah. If you recognize the declining values of this generation, and entropy that began in the 1960’s, and has culminated in institutionalized moral decay, then consider where you stand on the issue of societal norms.
On the other hand, if you already steeped in Yiddishkeit, and a thorough understanding of the Torah, consider the words of Abraham Heschel, that “when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past” then the messages of the Bible remain ensconced in a gilded cage, without bearing relevancy on the present (Heschel, G-d in Search of Man). Thus, it is up to this generation, to reach out to youth, and those on the fringes, to strengthen our heritage.