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Being smart isn’t about being a genius. It’s about not interrupting, about not shouting the answers to questions without consideration, about giving kavod the the person opposite you. Are you a chacham or a golem?
We tend to congratulate ourselves on our ownership of Torah as the voice of absolute truth, and pat ourselves on the back for being more moral and refined than our secular neighbors. Surely they recognize our superiority, we think to ourselves! In truth, we’re completely outside their field of interest
Redemption is much more than the emancipation of the body, and the redemption of the spirit that took place over 3,000 years ago in Egypt ensured that a Jew can never really be enslaved again