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Displaying items by tag: kindness
Displaying items by tag: kindness
Sunday, 25 December 2011 19:51

generous speech

art-luminariaAs it is said, And you shall love Hashem your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. . . .

And with all your might means with all your wealth. Another interpretation: With all your might means with every measure that he measures out for you, thank him much. —m.Berakhot 9:5

Published in daily living
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:08

what we admire in others

art-crossingI’ve heard Patience defined, not as the ability to wait, but as the ability to wait with a good attitude. Patience is a wonderful thing, but no one wants to have it for themselves. We want other people to be patient. The value in patience is that we get to see events unfold and we can gain deeper understandings. Patience is something that is learned. It doesn’t come naturally.

Published in daily living
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:57

righteousness in love

art-thankFor the authors of the ketuvim sh’lichim (Apostolic Writings), righteousness is tied up with the mitzvah of love. Love, for all its repetition in Scripture, is a concept connected to righteousness, which we must keep kindled in our hearts and minds. The prayer of Rav Shaul for the Philippians is paradigmatic:

Published in besorah
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 18:46

Abraham lifted up his eyes...

God's final test for Avraham was the most unsettling of all the 10 tests.  God's request that Avraham sacrifice his son and give up his future went against the most fundamental traits in his personality.  What was Avraham known for?  Radical hospitality.  Our tradition teaches us that he and Sarah were the embassadors of kindness among all the people they sojourned with.  Of our ancestors, he and Sarah were the embodiment of chesed (kindness).  The tragedy of Avraham and Sarah's life was that until an old age, they had no children through which they could plant seeds of kindness into the world.  When God opened Sarah's womb and brought the miraculous birth of Isaac, Avraham's lifetime of service and faithfullness to the one true God met its reward.

Published in torah

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