I once asked Prince Hassan of Jordan, shortly after the assassination of Israel's prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, whether there was anything that might bring Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Muslims, together. Was there a bridge over the abyss? He answered, "Our shared tears, our history of suffering." That was a wise remark. There are 6,000 languages spoken today, but only one is truly universal: the language of tears.

Jonathan Sacks, To Heal a Fractured World