Yom Kippur: Affirming Our Humanity for Those in Need

18 Sep

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The tragic image of the lifeless body of a boy washing up on the shores of a Turkish beach is reminiscent of the iconic image of the little girl in the red coat in Schindler’s list. It reminds us of a chapter in the history of the world in which we forgot our humanity.

Nothing could stir up more emotions into our collective Jewish consciousness than the despair of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict and death with no country willing to offer sufficient  refuge.

As we celebrate Yom Kippur in a few days, we are reminded of our duty to set aside xenophobia and go the extra mile to affirm the humanity of the weak and downtrodden. We were ourselves, once, strangers in a foreign land.

At the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee we urge all official bodies and governments – the U.N., Europe and the U.S. – to collectively work to end the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of lost men, women and children.

*Photo credit: Nilufer Demir/DHA, via Reuters

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