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True Friendship

"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest. It's about who came and never left your side."

We all know that if a person kills accidentally he is sent to a city of refuge [ir miklat]. The gemara teaches that his Rebbe must follow him because the Torah says that in this city he must "live" -"vi'chai" and there is no true life without Torah.
The heilige Pnei Menachem [the previous Gerrer Rebbe whose right hand man was the Rebbe Shlita] asks a "bomb kasha". The gemara says in Taanis "oh chavrusa oh missusa" – either a friend or death. If that is so, why doesn't the Torah require his friends to join him in the city of refuge? Without friends he is as good as DEAD!! What about "vi'chai"?! "Oh" boy!!!!!!!

His answer is even better than his question! He said that a TRUE FRIEND doesn't need a commandment, he will go on his own. If we have to tell him to go, then he is not really a friend so we can't command him to go as a friend!

Sweetest friends! Elul is at the doorstep. We all know the roshei teivos אני לדודי ודודי לי - I am to my beloved [Hashem] and my beloved is to me. But the sefarim teach that if we want Hashem to show his love for us, first we must show our love for each other!!!!!

Love and blessings for a "lidodi'diga" Elul.

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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