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|Comment||Thanks so much Rabbi Dov (Bear!), Your response floors me; if I posed a question you called good, it more than got a great answer -- a straightforward and inspiring one. I totally agree with you about the unfair characterization my fellow Christians have given our Elder Brethren in the faith. It seems that a difficult birth from our "parent" faith and initially becoming independent from it (as a teenager would) gave way over the years (centuries) to (sometimes horribly) harmful stereotypes that persist in some form even now that they have been somewhat surpassed. And unfortunately they and the wrong interpretations are used lazily as a form of self-definition for us. Dialog like this must be part of the ongoing solution. I will certainly use your info on Leviticus 19 to question the preacher I mentioned -- Lev 19:18 "...Love your fellow as yourself: I am the Lord." And in case the response is that neighbor here means only countrymen, as I've seen it explained (and as it is made explicit in the previous sentence I am omitting), I'm glad you supplement it with Leviticus 19:34: love [the stranger] as thyself. With universal love and respect, Greg|
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