Prophets and Wise Men have a special role in the Jewish religion. There are not many of them, but there are in any case more than one, making it possible to choose from their wisdom the way we choose from the classics depending on our age and mood. Upon the exalted writer -- which all of the prophets were -- is bestowed a religious status. The role of the autonomous interpreter becomes sanctified, making possible the tremendous significance of the individual within the Jewish religion, where the great masters, through their thinking, are exceptionally influential. The creations of secular Jews have become a part of Jewish culture, of which religious Judaism is but a segment. There is no place for strict distinctions between religious and secular meditation in the realm of spiritual truth; literature by its very nature ignores this distinction.
-“The Modernization of the Jews”