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Ahavat Yisrael: (lit. "love for one’s fellow Jews"); as enjoined by the Biblical precept “Love your fellow like yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
We Are One
A healthy Jewish people is one big, caring family where each individual loves the other like his or her own self. And love for those closest to home nurtures love for the extended family of humanity . . .
On Ahavas Yisrael
Although "Love your fellow as yourself" is, as Rabbi Akiva taught, the great underlying principle of the Torah, actually achieving this love is a profound challenge for most people. Human personality is instead, often given to baseless hatred. This discou...
Ahavat Yisrael
If we are a religion, then some Jews are more Jewish, others less Jewish, and many not at all. Perhaps nothing has been as detrimental to the Jewish people as the modern idea that Judaism is a religion.
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi's "Tanya" is the "bible of Chassidism" -- the fundamental work upon which dozens of books and thousands of maamarim (discourses) by seven generations of Chabad Rebbes are based. The "heart" of Tanya is its 32nd chapter which ...
What if someone said to you, "I love you, but I don't like your children"? You'd probably say: "You don't know anything about who and what I am, and you don't know what love is, either!"
A Taste of Text—Kedoshim
Is It Possible to Love Another As We Love Ourselves?
On a simple level, loving another means treating them with the respect with which you would want to be treated. On a deeper level, it is the ability to love another, like a father loves a child, regardless of who and what they are.
This chapter presents the chassidic manifesto of unconditional love towards every Jew. how to have it and how to use it.
The Twelve Steps: Lesson 10, "VeAhavta"
Is it Really All About Love?
The tenth step focuses on Rabbi Akiva’s statement: “Loving your fellow as yourself is a great principle of the Torah.” But if the principal of loving others is so important why wouldn’t the 12 steps begin with it? And if we are invoking the teachings of o...
The Kabbalah of Behavior
How to Love Another
If you truly love someone, you love what they love. If we really love G-d, we'll love his people.
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