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Love of G-d, love of Torah, and love of one’s fellow are in essence one. True love cannot exist in one of these areas alone, for they are all connected.
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A story of two devoted neighbors, one living a spiritual life and the other a material one, and their surprising judgments at death.
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Tzaraas was a spiritual illness that could result in total banishment from society. Though it no longer exists, its implications are far-reaching.
The laws pertaining to the korban oleh v’yored, the “sliding scale” offering, is analogous to one’s responsibility toward his fellow.
According to Rabbi Akiva, the commandment to love your fellow man is integral to the Torah. What exactly does this love entail?
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The “deeds, teaching and works” of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai are the ultimate rectification of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples’ tragic failure to achieve the proper synthesis of love and truth that would make their love true and their truth loving.
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Why is the chassidah an impure bird? “Because she does kindness with her compatriots,” explained Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk.
A life devoted to the study of Torah and implementation of its ideals much resembles a businessman’s occupation with his enterprise.
Why does Ben Zoma say “Who is wise — One who learns from every man”?