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The Tell Tale Heart

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The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Re’eh

לע”נ הרב דוב בער בן צבי נחמן הלוי
In loving memory of Rabbi Dov Swerdloff, Z”L

There is a well-known anecdote related by Rav Moshe Leib Ehrlich, the Rebbe of Sassov. He once overheard the drunken conversation between 2 Russian peasants.

The first man told the second how much he loved him. The man replied that he couldn’t truly love him. Once again, the first man confessed his true love of the second and was rebuffed.

“Ivan, we have been close friends for so many years. How can you say that I don’t love you?”

His friend replied, “Alex, if you loved me, you would know what I need. That is true love”.

The Sassover Rebbe said that from these two people he came to understand what true love of another entails. While he, the “Rebbe” claimed to love all Jews, in fact, it was Ivan the drunk, who truly grasped the deeper meaning of love.

Judaism obligates us to provide for what another needs. That requirement stretches beyond the material to encompass the needs in the emotional and spiritual realm.

This is fundamental in the Jewish philosophy of kindness and charity as related in Parshat Re’eh:

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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