Heschel On The Feelings of Desperation Before The Six-Day War

“In those days of distress [just prior to the 1967 War] a Christian friend asked me, ‘Why are you so dreadfully upset, so dreadfully desperate?’ I answered, ‘Imagine that in the entire world there remains one copy of the Bible and suddenly I see a brutal hand seize this copy, the only one in the world, and prepare to cast it into the flames....’”

Source: Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Israel: An Echo of Eternity, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997.