It was during class, when out of the corner of his eye the teacher noticed a quiet conversation in the back of the classroom.

"May I borrow your sharpener?" Sam whispered to Danny, as he pointed to the broken point of his pencil.

Danny shook his head and stared hard at the book on his desk. Danny was one of the best students in class. "This is not the first time I've noticed lack of caring for the fellow in this class," the teacher thought to himself. "I must help him work on his lack of caring."

"Who would like to explain the next verse of the Torah?" the teacher asked the class.

Danny's hand shot up immediately.

"Go ahead, Danny."

Danny translated the verse word for word.

"What is the Torah teaching us in this verse?" asked the teacher.

Danny repeated his explanation.

"Danny," said the teacher. "You've translated and explained the words, but what is the Torah teaching us in the verse?"

Danny was stumped. "Isn't that what I just said?" he insisted.

"No" said the teacher softly. "You translated the words, but you didn't explain what the Torah is teaching us. The verse means, 'Lend your friend a pencil. Show him love and care.' "

"But what does that have to do with this verse?" he blurted out.

"Everything!" explained the teacher. "The great sage Hillel taught us: 'Do not do unto others what you wouldn't like done to you. This is the entire Torah. The rest is just explanation.' That means that every single verse in Torah is meant to teach us how to show love for our fellow. That is how important a principle it is. Whatever it is we're learning, we must always keep that in mind."