To scrutinize is to sacralize.

Posted on March 18, 2018


In periods of awakening, enlightenment, and even deconstruction, that which gets our scrutiny gets our attention, and that very activity of scrutiny and attention becomes sacralized. While some feel it an attack, it is perhaps one of the most profound acts of causing something to be holy. For in the scrutiny, we set apart the focus of our inquiry as something different and unique above all other things. Scrutiny–to study, to explore, to probe, and to inspect–is an act of devotion, an act of making sacred and holy.

A renewing and creative generation does not throw the cultural heritage of ages into the dustbin. It examines and scrutinizes, accepts and rejects. At times it may keep and add to an existing tradition. At times it descends into ruined grottoes to excavate and remove the dust from that which had lain in forgetfulness, in order to resuscitate old traditions which have the power to stimulate the spirit of the generation of renewal.

Berl Katznelson, “The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland–Then, Now, Tomorrow”