Ash Wednesday is symbolic solidarity of those who aren’t suffering much with those who are suffering more. Today we are all Jordanian pilots and reporters who got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today we are all Palestinian refugees, Israeli shopkeepers, and World Trade Center office workers. Today we are all gays in the Upstairs Lounge, Jews under Auschwitz, Buddhists in China’s cultural revolution, Cherokees on the Trail of Tears, Gypsies under the Inquisition, Muslims in the Crusades, Christians in the Colosseum, and Israelites in Egypt. Today is our day of ashes.