by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Americans have felt invulnerable. The oceans, our wealth, our military
power have made up what seemed an invulnerable shield. We may have begun
feeling uncomfortable in the nuclear age, but no harm came to us...
[But now] even the greatest oceans do not shield us; even the mightiest
buildings do not shield us; even the wealthiest balance sheets and the
most powerful weapons do not shield us.
The lesson is that only a world where we all recognize our vulnerability
can become a world where all communities feel responsible to all other
communities. And only such a world can prevent such acts of rage and
If I treat my neighbor's pain and grief as foreign, I will end up suffering
when my neighbor's pain and grief curdle into rage.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
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