I was telling my wife the other day how I need to be more like Reb Shlomo, beingÂ more warmÂ and hug people in the streets. She responded, “That was in the 60’s-70’s when you could do that sort a thing”. Thinking about it, she is right a bit. I find that when I am too nice to people, they think that something is off with me and if I were to hug some strangerÂ in the street, I might meet their right hook instead of their neshamah.
So, if I can’t hug them or be too outgoing, I think I will simply smile and in my own thoughts, lift them up. You know, you don’t always have to talk with someone and give them chizuk to help them. Just by judging them favorably in your own thoughts you elevate them. I saw a young man today that is a bit off on his approach to Judaism. So, I looked up to heaven and made a prayer for him. This too is similar to a hug but instead of physically, it is a spiritual one.