Last night, Shimon Peres, the President of Israel spoke at NYU on the Globalization of Peace.
Although President Peres spoke on major political and social issues, the caveat that interested me the most was his “midrashic” conclusion.
President Peres told a story that he heard from a Muslim teacher:
â€œThe Rabbi asked: When does the night end and when does the day begin?
A student replied: If you can distinguish a lamb from a dog from a distance then maybe the night is over.
Another student replied: If you can distinguish an olive tree from a fig tree then perhaps the day arrived.
The Rabbi said:Â When you meet a woman, whether black or white and you say, ‘you are my sister’ and when you meet a man, whether rich or poor and you say, ‘you are my brother,’ then the night is over.â€?