A Hasidic rabbi, talking about daybreak, the time for certain holy prayers, asked his pupils how they could tell when night had ended and day had begun.

“Is it when you can see an animal in the distance and know whether it’s a sheep or a dog?”

“No,” answered the rabbi.

“Is it,” asked another pupil, “when you can clearly see the lines of the palm of your hand?”

“No,” answered the rabbi.

“Then when is it?” asked the pupils.

“It is when you can look on the face of any man or any woman and see that they are your sister or brother. Until then it is still night.”

-Hasidic mondo


Photo source: Playground – Winson Green – Birmingham  1970