We who have preached to the world for decades about its failure to save the Jews who faced Nazi genocide, cannot ignore the plight of other victims of heinous crimes. Our response, moreover, will in no way diminish or impugn the memory of the Holocaust. If anything, the success of a Jewish effort against the perpetrators of contemporary mass murder, ethnic cleansing, and genocide will only reinforce the power of the memory of the Holocaust and its unique importance not only for us but for the entire world. So as we face the terrible crimes being committed in Darfur and its vicinity by Arab militias supported by the Sudanese government, we have a Jewish obligation to speak out against the murders and try our utmost to facilitate prompt action to save those targeted by the killers. For years we have been preaching "Never Again," and we have time and again proven our dedication to saving Jews in distress but the time has come to demonstrate clearly that our sacred pledge made in the wake of the Holocaust also applies just as well to the rest of the world. Standing up for Darfur will not betray the memory of Europe's murdered Jews, it will honor that memory. In the words of Hillel, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me, and when I am only for myself what am I, and if not now, then when?"
Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. We are commanded by the Torah to love the stranger because we were strangers in the Land of Egypt. How does this text relate to this commandment?
2. Do shared experiences obligate you to help others?
Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)