|An old Jewish story
tells of a rabbi who asked his disciples, "How do
you know when the night is giving way and the morning is
One of the disciples stood and said, "Teacher, won't
you know that night is fading when, through the dim
light, you can see an animal and recognize whether it is
a sheep or a dog?"
The rabbi answered, "No."
"Rabbi," asked another. "Won't you know
that the dawn is coming when you can see clearly enough
to distinguish whether a tree is a fig or an olive?"
"No," responded the teacher.
"You'll know that the night has passed when you can
look at any man and any woman and discern that you are
looking at a brother or a sister. Until you can see with
that clarity, the night will always be with us."