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"Hiney Ma Tov" - Unity

How good it is to sit together in unity. From Psalms 133:1.

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Vocals and piano by Sam Glaser

Story: The Starfish

There once was an old man who was walking along a seashore filled with starfish which had been washed ashore. Thousands and thousands of them lined the shore, struggling to make it back to the water in which they lived. A small boy who was walking toward the beach saw the old man throwing the starfish one by one back into the water.

In amazement the boy approached the man and said to him: "Excuse me sir, but there are thousands and thousands of starfish on this seashore! Do you think that you could possibly make a difference? It seems rather hopeless and most of them will surely die!"

The old man looked up as he threw another one back into the sea and said to the boy, "I made a difference to this one." He picked up another starfish and threw it in, "and to this one... and to this one. Imagine the difference we could make if instead of criticizing we would work together."

And together, the old man and the boy continued to return the starfish to the sea.


June 16, 2004

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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Dayron, January 24, 2018 8:16 PM

An old man was at the seashore he was trying to save 1000 thousand starfish but a little kid approach and told the old man that there is not point of saving all of this starfish its not going to make a difference the old man got a starfish and threw

Really good article

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(3) Celia Leal da Costa, March 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Hiney ma tov u-ma nayim...

Dear Sirs,
This melody speaks to my heart in a special way: My Synagogue is a place where I feel there is unity and blessings, and everyone is cared for with compassion and tenderness. Our Rabbis make an atmosphere of joy, hope and love among us all. We can feel that each person who comes to Shabbat and other celebrations is welcome and we each feel there is a place for everyone, from here and abroad. Israel is at our hearts and memories as well as all Diaspora! God bless you all! Shalom!

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