When the Almighty made the world, He took into consideration even the smallest of creatures. He did not give life to any being for which provision had not been made in the world.
The idea that no creature is insignificant for the Almighty's loving concern means that every living thing on earth deserves respect because it bears the stamp of the Almighty.
We ought to respect ourselves, too, as creatures of the Almighty.
(Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Commentary to Psalms 111:2; Gateway
to Happiness, p.127)
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