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Loving Your Neighbor

Loving Your Neighbor

Where does God fit into the picture?


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February 17, 2007

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) Michael, February 22, 2007 4:56 PM


The caption 'Where does God fit in..." decries a fundamental understanding of God's magnificitude. Many try to fit God in... But God is not in his creation, for he cannot be confined. Rather, all creation is inside him, with much to spare.

(5) Sandy, February 21, 2007 4:10 PM

To Anonymous 2/20/2007 6:09:00 PM

The points 19/2007 11:56:00 AM make are quite valid, and in no way negate your self description of a loving, giving Mom.

Let's listen with kindness to other's viewpoints- we can gain from everyone, even if we are wonderful people already; an essential component of becoming a 'giving' person.

(4) Anonymous, February 20, 2007 6:09 PM

Reply to Anonymous 2/19/07, 11:56 A.M.

I know very well what the word "ahava" means, the root as well as the meaning. Don't need your proof of what it is & how to achieve it. I am a mother of a few children b"h & a dedicated, giving & selfless friend. You need to understand when you read a comment & not jump into conclusions; I will say it again, it is not healthy to want this type of love for every relatiopnship you have, go back & listen to the video, she says, "you should want this for every relationship". I understand perfectly what the point of the story was, no need of explanations. Love the story & the message it sends, but do not agree with that part of Lori's interpretation.
There's no need to reply again.

(3) Sandy, February 19, 2007 3:04 PM

Beautifully said

Thank you Lori,

I use the inspiration you give me all week long. You are truly an ambassador for the beauty of Judaism.

(2) Anonymous, February 19, 2007 11:56 AM

Reply to Anonymous 2/18/07, 11:12 A.M.

One of the biggest rules in love is that the root of the word ahavah, love, is the word hav, to give. If you give to someone, you will love them. Proof? Parents always love their children more than children love their parents - because parents gave their children the greatest gift of all, life. So you're not sitting around wanting some intense feeling--you're giving and giving and giving some more (while not forgetting that part of giving is giving YOURSELF what you need)...and then you will come to love someone.

I assume you were saying it's not healthy to be willing to die for every friend you have. Well, I know it's probably an unrealistic level for me...but the purpose of the story was to make a point, that when love becomes selfless, G-d enters the picture. And making the choice to give rather than to take is a choice we can all make.

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