A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. (Abraham J. Heschel, 20th century Polish-born American rabbi)

How do we stand up to this standard today? We do a lot to save the lives of children (even the unborn in many cases), but do we give the same attention to the elderly? Euthanasia is a growing concern, disregarding the sanctity of life. Heschel concludes, “Affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).