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in love, in acceptance, in respect, in light, would resonate throughout the world, and then the change would occur, as if overnight. Someone I met once illustrated the power of this critical mass via the image of a stadium. The stadium is completely dark. We cannot see anything, and no one can see the person standing next to him or even his own hands. And then, one person lights a candle. And another, and another. If enough people light a candle, it is sufficient to illuminate the stadium, to transform the darkness into light. There will always be people who surrender to the darker parts in themselves, who are full of evil and hatred. We cannot really change them, but we can change ourselves. But it is important to remember that we are not separate, each one to himself. All of us are part of the whole, the One, and every such change resonates. Each such change creates ripples, like a stone tossed into a pond. Each such change transforms the world.

This, inmy view, is the profoundmeaning of the Talmudic verse, “. . .whoever saves one life is considered as if he had saved the entire world.” There are those who think that this only refers to the soul of a Jew, because we are the chosen people, or that it entails saving the soul of someone else, external to us. But I believe that this soul we save must first of all be

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