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.”