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November 16, 2023 | John Podhoretz
About the author: John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary.

To John Podhoretz, who attended Tuesday’s rally in Washington, DC, the great achievement wasn’t the speakers or the musical performances, but something more basic:

[M]ostly we felt, as we have felt since October 7, that draw and pull to be together in the midst of the horror and the tragedy. Everybody who was there speaks of the astonishing feeling that, in a crowd nearing 300,000, we ran into Ben right there, or Dan, or Rabbi Buchdahl, or my son, who had traveled separately with his school. It was more like a Fourth of July parade in a small town than it was the most populous single event in the history of American Jewry.

But then, American Jewry is a small town in the midst of a big country, and we tend to forget that as we battle with each other politically and religiously and socially. In the end, we are from the same place, the same ancient place, and that place was attacked, and so we were attacked too.

Read more on Commentary: https://www.commentary.org/john-podhoretz/the-wonderful-gathering/