Rallying, Despite Differences
Saturday night and Sunday were the 17th Day of the Omer (April 29-39, 2006), which was Tiferet in Tiferet.
What most impressed me at today's rally was the diversity of the crowd, symbolized visually by the Wiesel Sharpton Reuters photo above. There was a very large Jewish contingent at a rally that featured (among the 30 odd speakers) Al Sharpton and James Zogby (head of the Arab American Institute).
Tiferet in Tiferet accentuates what we have in common, a universality that does not deny particularism.
Addressing the Sudanese government and Osama bin Ladin (who was quoted last week as urging Muslims to fight a jihad against foreign intervention in Sudan), Al Sharpton said (without mentioning either explicity), "We are not anit-Muslim, we are not anti-Arab" and then something along the lines of, "We come here to stop genocide."
May the shared outrage of broadly diverse constituencies help lead to an end to the genocide in Darfur and a greater awareness of what we share in common.