The moment of dawn

By Paulo Coelho

A Rabbi gathered together his students and asked them:

‘How do we know the exact moment when night ends and day begins?’

‘It’s when, standing some way away, you can tell a sheep from a dog,’ said one boy.

The Rabbi was not content with the answer. Another student said:

‘No, it’s when, standing some way away, you can tell an olive tree from a fig tree.’

‘No, that’s not a good definition either.’

‘Well, what’s the right answer?’ asked the boys.

And the Rabbi said:

‘When a stranger approaches, and we think he is our brother, that is the moment when night ends and day begins.’

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  1. marie-christine says:

    it’s when “a stranger approaches and we think he is our brother.” yes, it is true, it happened to me.

  2. Celia says:

    “The exact moment when night ends and day begins?…. will be the day, that humans understand the most beatiful love songs that the sparrows sing at sunrise, and the world comes together and can agree that regardless of different cultures,language and all barriers, we are one, all in search of one thing.. called Love.



    The day when we accept others as equals,the day when we stop with all the prejudice classifyign people by their race, color,religion, and sexual preferences, the day when we stop judging and stop fighting our own brothers and insted enbrace them ( because what really makes this a beautiful world is the variety of its people, we might be diffrent in color and shape but deep under the skin we are all the same.) That is when we will see the ligh and the begining of a new day. until then will only be obscurity…

  4. Olá Paulo! Atma Namaste, sweetheart! :)

    What a beautiful answer had the Rabbi! So poetic and so true, at the same time! It’s really a nice answer! The days of our lives are more brilliant with good friends! And when we can call them brothers, it’s even better! Thanks for sharing this message with us. It’s a great way to finish a happy Monday and prepare myself for a sunny Tuesday tomorrow! It’s always great to come back here to read your messages, your thoughts, we can know what is going on in your soul with what you write here too, not only with your books. And that’s a delight for me! Thank you a lot for this blog too, Paulo!

    May your week be blessed and full of success!

    Beijo!!! From my heart to yours! ;)

    Marta :)

  5. fLUXman says:

    when one discovers after a lifetime of running the other way, that infinity also comes behind zero
    this is when light enters our dark soul,
    and our mind starts to feel free,
    the initial fear of letting go,
    zero the craziest of truths,
    a void so empty,
    light out ,

    feel the treads,
    of minds of consciousness,
    the infinite for you everywhere,
    always there whichever way you care,
    of hearts and their resconances far and near,
    a union with gods creation everywhere,