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Israel Salanter-Religious Ethical Thinker, by Menahem G. Glenn

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It was the evening of Kol Nidre and it was getting late. The services should have begun. But there was something amiss. Though the whole congregation was assembled and ready, the Rabbi was not. He was nowhere to be found. Where could he be? When the Ma’ariv services were nearly finished, he slunk into the synagogue, his clothes wrinkled, his hair dishevelled, strewn with feathers. “What happened, Rabbi?” “Nothing,” was the answer. “On my way to the synagogue I heard a baby crying. Its mother had gone to services on this holy night of Kol Nidre and it was left alone. I stayed by the cradle and rocked it until its mother returned.”

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