The Dawn

The rabbi asks his students: “How can we determine the hour of dawn, when the night ends and the day begins?”
One of his students suggested: “When from a distance you can distinguish between a dog and a sheep.”
“No,” was the answer of the rabbi.
“Is it when one can distinguish between a fig tree and a grapevine?” Asked a second student
“No,” the rabbi said
“Please tell us the answer, then,” said the students.
“It is, then,” said the wise teacher, “when you can look into the face of human beings and you have enough light [in you] to recognize them as your brothers and sisters. Up until then it is night, and darkness is still with us.”


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