Respect

18 Iyar, 5743 · May 1, 1983

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Respect: 18 Iyar, 5743 · May 1, 1983

The Talmud tells us that 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died because “they did not treat one another with respect.” But the plague ended on Lag BaOmer, which means they had remedied their actions and began to treat each other with the appropriate level of esteem.
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Lag BaOmer Parade, Akiba ben Joseph, Ahavat Yisrael, Love, Lag BaOmer
Respect
18 Iyar, 5743 · May 1, 1983
Disc 48, Program 192

Event Date: 18 Iyar 5743 - May 01, 1983

The Talmud tells us that 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died because “they did not treat one another with respect.” But the plague ended on Lag BaOmer, which means they had remedied their actions and began to treat each other with the appropriate level of esteem.

After doing a favor for someone else, a person may think: “Since I helped him, I have the right to be not so careful about respecting him.” But Lag BaOmer teaches us that when G‑d grants you the position and ability to help another person, you must at the same time be extremely careful to preserve that person’s dignity.

Keep in mind that every Jew is really a student of Rabbi Akiva—by the mere fact that he has studied Torah. The Talmud tells us that the entire Oral Torah that has been passed down to us is based on Rabbi Akiva’s teachings. Remembering that the other person is an actual student of Rabbi Akiva—and possibly an even greater student than yourself—will empower you to show him only the utmost respect.

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Worcester May 20, 2011

I was there My oldest was 6 weeks old. Thank you for posting this. It's been 28 years since I have attended the parade. I will be there Sunday! Reply

Lyone Columbus, OH via chabadcolumbus.com May 19, 2011

Keeping Moshiach Away If only we would heed the Rebbe's message!! There are so many in our community who treat fellow Jews even worse than they treat non-Jews. For such reasons was the second Temple destroyed--and by such individuals is "Ahavas Yisroel" made into simply an empty phrase.

If we want Moshiach, we must call ourselves and one another to account for the pettiness and diviseness that runs rampant in so many of our communities. Reply

Patricia via chabadpasadena.com May 19, 2008

Respecting our teachers and each other This is a beautiful speech. I have a great deal of respect for our Chabad Rabbi, we are blessed with him.
I only hope my ignorance is not mistaken for disrespect. Reply

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