I told the story of the Good Samaritan to a Jewish audience, and as you are aware, the Jews despised the Samaritans. The story concerned ‘a certain man’, so the story does not make clear whether the man who was attacked was Jewish, or Samaritan, or neither. Do you think the story would have more impact if the victim were clearly identified as Jewish? But this point is left vague for a reason. You may recall that this story was presented in response to the question, ‘who is my neighbor?’ The implied response is that whoever needs your help is your neighbor, and that is all that matters.
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