All of Us

On one side of the world they shot on Shabbat dozens of rockets on Jews in the middle of the night. On the other side of the world, they murdered 11 Jews in the middle of services. Why? What does this tell us, and what is our mission?

Thus wrote Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, one of the leaders of American Jewry, about our eternal mutual responsibility for each other:

“A Jew cannot banish the God of the Jews from his world. ‎If boiling water is poured on the head of a Moroccan ‎Jew, the prim and proper Jew in Paris or London must scream, and by feeling the pain, shows ‎himself loyal to the nation. Fate does not distinguish between nobility ‎and ‎commonfolk, between rich and poor, between a prince dressed in royal purple velvet and a ‎poor ‎man who goes begging from door to door, between a pious Jew and an assimilationist. When the Jew in the cave is attacked, ‎the ‎security of the Jew standing in the courtyard of the king is jeopardized. ‘All Israel are bound together (haverim)’ (TB Sotah 37a). We are ‎all ‎persecuted, or we are all saved together.”‎

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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