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Why Can't We Be Friends?

Bottom line, we are one family.

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Visitor Comments: 15

(13) Shir, August 4, 2017 4:33 AM

good stuff

this is super inspirational. It's the seemingly insignificant stories that can teach a lesson of Jewish unity in such magnitude.
Thank you Rabbi Friedman for spreading thought-provoking messages!
(Slight confusion in the video as to who was the protagonist in the story of the "Jewish fellow")

(12) Joan Levin Sacks, February 16, 2012 3:23 AM

I wish you could see the smile on my face after reading this message.

Thank you.

(11) José Manuel dos Santos, January 19, 2012 11:41 PM

RIGHT, AMEN!

AMEN, AMEN AND AMEN! RIGHT ON THE DOT. KEEP LOOKING UP!

(10) Philip M, January 19, 2012 9:09 PM

Wonderful message

Thank you R' Friedman! Looking forward to more vblogs! I miss learning with you in the Holy City.

(9) reuven, January 19, 2012 1:49 PM

Jews and others

I would answer that ideally that all humanity should be friends and care for one another; but the starting place is with those who are closest to you. We start with family and extend outwards. If one cannot relate well to those immediately in proximity, one is going to have trouble relating properly to those with whom has less connection. If we can love and respect our fellow Jews, we have a solid starting point for extending this love to all of humanity. Similar to the idea that if one does not love and respect him/her self, it will hamper having love and respect for others. Universalism is the ideal; but it must grow out of a particularism-a foundation upon which to build. Otherwise, if one reaches to high too soon, there is a danger of failure on the most fundemental level. (note the two paragraphs of the 'aleinu prayer).

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