Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.
As powerful as the bond that tied the Jewish people to God was the one that tied the Jewish people to one another. Although Jews certainly quarreled — at times viciously — there was a depth to the care that Jews took of one another in ages past that should still touch and inspire us. In his memoirs, the great Yiddish writer Y.L. Peretz expresses it by capping a sad story with one, memorable line.