"Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe"
Now, the Reb didn't merely practice his rituals; he carved his daily life from them. If he wasn't praying, he was studying—a major part of his faith—or doing charity or visiting the sick. It made for a more predictable life, perhaps even a dull one by American standards. After all, we are conditioned to reject the "same old routine." We're supposed to keep things new, fresh. The Reb wasn't into fresh. He never took up fads. He didn't do Pilates, he didn't golf (someone gave him a single club once; it sat in his garage for years).
But there was something calming about his pious life, the way he puttered from one custom to the next; the way certain hours held certain acts.
He said: "My grandparents did these things. My parents, too. If I take the pattern and throw it out, what does that say about their lives? Or mine? From generation to generation, these rituals are how we remain…connected."