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Colors of VeracityA Quest for Truth in China and Beyond$
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Vera Schwarcz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838737

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.001.0001

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The Avodah of Truth

(p.112) Conclusion
Colors of Veracity

Vera Schwarcz

University of Hawai'i Press

The Hebrew term for spiritual “service” is used to define the deepest meanings of a quest for truth. Similarly, the symbol of the Menorah enables us to describe the fractured luminosity that is the humble reward at the end of this quest, as opposed to harsh, total illumination. The reanimation of the old, a slow paced project, also lies at the core of Confucianism. This gradualism is the surest pathway toward veracity. Even an undergraduate once ill at ease with truth-talk finds his way to affirming the importance of seeking truth embedded in the fabric of memory and of the universe itself.

Keywords:   Menorah, Herzl, Confucius, Sfat Emet, avodah, Yu Yingshi, Hans Gadamer

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