February 15, 2007

When Love has a Line____________ it looses its realness…

Over the years, I reflected upon my upbringing and how it brought me to learn Ahavas Yisrael, love for my fellow Jew. Our Rabbi’s tell us, this is the foundation of the entire Torah. Since I grew up in an area devoid of any Jews, I pondered how I learnt this important lesson and placed it at the forefront of my life.

“If their are no Jews around, help the Non-Jews and everyone you can. Teach yourself to be a kind person to everyone and practice on anyone around you.” Over the years, I became a bit Jealous of my fathers non-Jewish friends whom I felt snatched his time away from me. Of course, this wasn’t really the case but an allusion for a young boy who was busy finding himself but in actuality, it became one of the biggest lessons of my life.

A person who constantly labels others and draws lines between their friends, helping others and simply extending their full love to mankind, can never be a true loving person. In fact, it may be impossible to reach true Ahavas Yisrael between Jews when one learns or keeps any form of hate within their heart. This would even extend towards are fellow man who was not born Jewish. They should be respected as Hashem’s creation and one must love them as such. How much more so the Kohain, Levi, Yisrael, Sedardi, Chassid, Litvach, Conservative, Reform, Ultra- Orthodox or what have you. But only through a total love of Hashem’s creations can one reach this true love with their fellow Jew.

At the same time though, it must not be forgotten the wise words of our sages, to separate ourselves from the ways of other nations. To not dress, speak or act like other nations but to remain Jewish in mind and thought. But this concept should not be confused with one of hate and our sages have also said, “Then the nations will know there is One Hashem.” They would not have bothered stating this if it wasn’t important that we show non-Jews respect and love, otherwise why would we care what they think. One should not go out of their way to have non-Jewish friends and contacts but should Hashem place these people before you in life’s-circumstances, extend out your ability to love. This way, when it also comes to your fellow Jew who may be on the verge of crossing that line, you will love them too.

3 Comments »

  1. But is it not in every non-Jews innermost desire, wether they know it or not, for the destruction of the jewish people? would not the nations rejoice if the jewish nation falls (chaas V’shalom?)?

    Do not shake the hand that will stab you. I have non Jewish friends of course, but I would not trust them with my life. The chances of anything like that are remote so it is not at the forefront of my mind.

    the goyim stood by during the war, knowing full well what was going on. the world is doing more for darfur (though little if at all) than was done for us in europe in the war. Because they would see us fall.

    this does not mean to hate them back of course, Hashem hardens the hearts of the nations, and they envy us. It is like a test for the yidden.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — February 18, 2007 @ 9:58 am

  2. Comrade Asa Yitzchak,
    Not all of the Gentile world seems to hate us… Many Protestant Christians(not Roman Catholics) don’t mind me…although sum seem jealous of our bloodline. There are those Christians who’ names are recorded at the Holocaust Memorial in the Holy City..they helped our people in the Dark Times.

    Shalom

    Comment by Matthew Mclaughlin — October 2, 2007 @ 4:37 am

  3. Dear friend, Asa Yitzchak, as a gentile who has come to know that there is only ONE G-D, I can see both sides of this arguement. I often find it pointless to speak with others that ask me questions, knowing that they don’t really want the answer, they don’t really want to change ways, and being around goyiim all the time, I can attest that you sometimes give up and want to throw all you’ve learned away. It feels so lonely sometimes. But it’s not so much bloodline or a or b that they’re jealous about, but a jew’s connection to G-d. And if you’re say, a Christian, it’s puzzling knowing all the while unconsciously that those jews are on to something, but still wanting to “be right” yourself. Coming from a Christian background I struggle with a hatred of Christianity that I have, the feelings of betrayal by what I was taught; but how can you hate the Christianity and still love the Christian? I don’t wish any kind of harm on any of my neighbors, on any Christians, but even to wish them to know G-d, is difficult. Why? Because for some of them, many of them, it’s just too much to take at once. It’s too much light. They’d go blind. Even myself, though I wasn’t a trinitarian, after abandoning Christianity, I felt confused and in a state of mental breakdown for a week or two. Could I wish this on my fellow neighbors even if it meant that in the end they’d be free? That finally then we could all be brothers and serve G-d both Jew and Gentile alike? I guess I’m ranting now so I hope this helps.
    Shalom.

    Comment by Jacob — July 21, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

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