"Why We Went," a statement from prison signed by rabbis and Jewish lay leaders, St. Augustine, Florida,1964.
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We came because we could not stand idly by our brother’s blood. We had done that too many times before. We have been vocal in our exhortation of others but the idleness of our hands too often revealed an inner silence...we came as Jews who remember the millions of faceless people who stood quietly, watching the smoke rise from Hitler’s crematoria. We came because we know that second only to silence, the greatest danger to man is loss of faith in man’s capacity to act.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. In what way is losing faith in our capacity to act the greatest danger?

2. In what ways are we still standing idly by? In what ways have we done great acts of justice?

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Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)