A Working Definition Of Love From Our Sages

Sometimes love is best expressed by what we don't do.

Sometimes love is best expressed by what we don’t do. Hillel the Elder summed up the entire Torah by saying, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.”

Hasidic master Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (“Tzemach Tzedek,” 1789-1866) said, “What is it we most dislike? We don’t appreciate when someone pries into our faults, underlining each one with a red pen. So if we truly wish to express love to someone else, we don’t even look at his faults. Instead we find whatever is good about him and talk about that.”

-With thanks to Tzvi Freeman

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