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My friends from Southern Israel - Kedoshim

Friday, 10 May, 2019 - 6:41 am

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When our people go through difficult times, it’s very easy to feel the love and the care we have one for each other, even for someone that is not our friend.

At the beginning of the week, during the violent bombardments of Southern Israel, the hearts of all of us were with the inhabitants there. This year, I feel it even stronger. Studying with me are girls from the South, who had to run with their families to the bomb shelters dozens of times in middle of the night instead of sleeping in their beds and continue their everyday lives on the next day. Now, it’s not only “inhabitants of Southern Israel”, it’s my friends.

According to this week’s Parasha Kedoshim, we always need to love our fellow Jews as ourselves. (“you shall love your neighbor as yourself” Leviticus 19:18). Even if we don’t know them personally. Even if we do know them very well and think that they don’t deserve our love. How can we keep this commandment? It sounds unrealistic…

All of us, who know ourselves, know that we are not perfect. We don’t always act in the right way. We still do love ourselves. Somehow, we manage to focus more on our qualities than on our defaults. If we acted improperly, we tell ourselves: “It happens, it’s not terrible. Next time, I will try to do better”.

This is the secret to be able to love the other. If s/he acted improperly, we should say for him/her as well: “It happens, it’s not terrible.” Let’s think and remind ourselves about all the positive things they have inside them. We will certainly find some.

If we start to think about others in the same way we think about ourselves, we will succeed in really loving the other, and not only in difficult times.

Love and brotherhood amongst us will bring Mashiach very soon!

Shabbat Shalom,

Hanna

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