I was thinking about some of the things Jews and Quakers have in common. Both are small groups which have historically been persecuted. Both place high value on education. Both Jews and Quakers can be found at the forefront of progressive causes. Most Quakers and Jews are fairly affluent, but nevertheless likely to vote against their own economic interests out of a passion for justice. And both, it is said, have power far out of proportion to their small numbers. Okay, these are stereotypes -- but there is some truth in these stereotypes. One big difference: Quakers pray in silence. I can't imagine too many Jews staying silent for very long.