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Don't judge people by their lousiness!

Friday, 8 November, 2019 - 8:07 am

Love is a big word and this week I fell in love. No, not a new romantic love, rather, the love that is expressed with deep adoration, in my case, it’s for Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, who accepted our invitation and spoke for fourteen hundred people at MSU (Event Pics Here). The way I see humanity is forever changed thanks to Eva’s story, energy, humor and Mentchlichkait. In some ways she changed our beloved community for the better and I’m honored to have made her visit a reality. 

As I sat beside her during her talk, I thought not only of those who perished during the holocaust, but also of the tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of Jews that would’ve been living on earth, had their ancestors survived the death camps like Eva did.

In this week’s Torah portion, Lech-Lecha, we read about Abraham’s treck north from Israel to Syria to demand, and fight for, the return of his wicked nephew Lot, who was captured in the battle of the four/five kings. One wonders: why did Abraham bother? Lot was immoral and unethical and chose to live far away, both physically and spirituality, from his uncle Abraham, so why go into full war mode just to save him? Yet, our sages teach that Abraham wasn’t only saving Lot, but he was saving Ruth, David, Mashiach and many others who descended from Lot and were great assets for Jewry and the world. We tend to look at people just for who they are, mostly, superficially. Imagine, if we were able to see not only their soul, but the souls of their future offspring.

In a world plagued by division and hatred, where riots and demonstrations now seem to be the norm, it may be a good time, not only to treat people with dignity, but to see their bigger picture, for what they could potentially bring the world and what could be gifted to the world long after they’re gone through their family. It’s not easy to treat every individual with that kind of respect and love, but imagine what the world would be like if we did.

Humans are like trees; the fruit is unpredictable! 

May You guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May You protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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