I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.
We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.
One might have thought the world would stop ascribing moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism. It has not happened that way.
No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.
All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
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.
But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
I am a Zionist, an ardent supporter of Israel, its defender when I deem Israel to be right and its critic when I deem it to be wrong.
Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.
I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.
Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?
In my mind the city of Ariel is a thorn in Israel's side and a serious obstacle to peace.
There is no role I cannot play except a midget.
You learn more from the flops than from the hits.
Accents. I'm very good with accents. I'm exceedingly good.
I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings.
I am not, and have never been, in favor of boycotting Israel.
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