Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out.
We Jews have a special attachment to the Book. The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.
You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.
I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored. To me it was meaningless. I would stand around in heaps of manure and sings about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing.
I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general.
I do not know who there is among us that can claim to know God's purpose and God's intent.
No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.
While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.
I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.
I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine.
Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.