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Hating haters?

Thursday, 4 June, 2020 - 8:40 pm

Celebrating Shavuot together was incredible. Seventy tribespeople came together on the front lawn for sushi, cheesecake, and Ten Commandments and it was thrilling. It wasn’t only an elated spiritual experience, but also contributed immensely to our mental, emotional, and physical health. Yet, after Shabbos, when we powered up our phones, we discovered a country in chaos with no respite in site. I’ll leave it to Chavie to do the heavy lifting of discussing what’s it’s like raising a black son during this time (you can  read it here), as I address a profound life principal that is applicable now and always.

In Leviticus we are taught the eternal rule to “love our fellow as ourselves”. In this week’s Torah portion, Naso, we are told that members of the priestly family, Kohanim, are empowered to bless Jewry and when they distribute those blessings, it must be done with love. Their pre-blessing intro is “Who has sanctified us with His commandment…to bless His nation Israel with love”. If you hate in your heart, you can’t be in a position to bless and bring people together. It’s unequivocal: hating hate and haters doesn’t make you a loving person, as you’re still hating and that’s NOT love. Everyone I know, no matter their politics, believes that George Floyd should be alive today and so should David Dorn. Neither of them would be in heaven today, if people lived their life with love.

I know what I write isn’t instantly implementable, but it must be where we aim. How can we discuss love when posting horrific hatred on social media? How can we tell our kids that we care about George when they hear us saying things about other people that seem very un-caring or worse? How can we look in the mirror and scream we want, and believe in, justice while maligning the entire justice system and all of law enforcement? Test yourself: When you awake in the morning, thank G-d for the gift of life and then resolve to love. Yes, love for the “other” who doesn’t look, sound, think, behave, pray or smell like you. Once the love is instilled and activated, it will be so much easier to effect change, as those listening will hear love and love Is addictive.

Love is what you make of it; hate is what it makes of you!

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

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