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Not Enough To Give

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

In Parshas Mishpatim it says that one should help his enemy unload his donkey. The pasuk says "azaov taazov imo" - in the context of the passuk it means "help him" but literally it means "leave". The Aramaic commentary Rav Yonasan Ben Uziel translates that one should "leave" his hatred. In other words, it is not enought to help someone, one should also have positive feelings for him. [Pointed out by Rav Henach Leibowitz ztz"l - the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chafetz Chaim, which I believe is the last bastion of mussar yeshivos in our world. A tragedy. True mussar has died on a large scale. Some of the Rosh Yeshiva's students were my Rabbeim in my youth. Lucky me!]

The Gemara says that the beis hamikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred. The Gemara says that the Jews still performed acts of chessed for each other. MIND-BOGGLING! They were involved in chessed while simultaneously hating the beneficiary of the chessed. It is not enough to give.

One must love as well.



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