I Feel Disappointed in Orthodox Jews When They…

I feel proud of Orthodox Jews when they:

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 6.10.28 PMExhibit exceptional kindness, as our sages teach, “The world stands on three things: Torah, service, and acts of loving kindness.” (Ethics of the Fathers)
  • Display compassion for all people as we are taught to emulate Hashem who is “El Rachum v’Chanun” (God of Mercy and Compassion).
  • Hold themselves to the highest standards of honesty in business, as the Talmud warns us, upon dying the first thing we will be asked is “Were you honest in your business dealings?”
  • Give others the benefit of the doubt, as our sages teach “Give all people the benefit of the doubt.” (Ethics of the Fathers)
  • Are slow to anger and easy to appease, as our sages call this person “righteous.” (Ethics of the Fathers)
  • Remember that “we all ought to be worried about our own souls and other people’s bellies,” as the great Rav Salanter said.

As Hillel told the would be convert who asked him to sum up the entire Torah on one foot “What is hurtful to you do not do to another. The rest is commentary.”

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  • Avatar photo Sophie says on May 1, 2015

    I liked this post a lot. Thanks!!!
    Jews have encountered so much hardship as victims of the violence and judgment and hatred of other people. However, this makes it no less important for us to examine what happens on the inside of our world. What’s worse….. feeling cowardly and afraid to be Jewish because of anti-semitism (will it ever end???), or feeling self-dislike and shame because of what my people do to one another?


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