MMM Day 6: Love Your Neighbor

March Mitzvot Madness Day 6

Loving your neighbor as yourself has many elements. It includes not slandering them, not standing idly by when life is at stake, not hating or despising, rebuking them in love, not taking vengeance or bearing a grudge against them, and more. Remember the “Golden Rule”?

Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Torah and the Prophets. ~~ Matthew 7: 12

Do not go around spreading slander among your people, but also don’t stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake; I am Adonai. Do not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor frankly, so that you won’t carry sin because of him.  Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.~~ Leviticus 19: 16-18

When the crowds heard how he taught, they were astounded;  but when the P’rushim learned that he had silenced the Tz’dukim, they got together,  and one of them who was a Torah expert asked a sh’eilah to trap him: “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most important?”  He told him, “‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’  This is the greatest and most important mitzvah.  And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.” ~~ Matthew 22: 33-40  


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