Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Our Tacoma Talmud answers - Question 3

What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?  Who is our neighbor?

- You treat yourself nice so treat other people nice.
- I believe to love a neighbor as yourself is simply put, treat others the way you want to be treated. "neighbor" doesn't literally mean someone who lives near your, but is any human on earth.
- Treat your neighbors how you want to be treated. Everyone is your neighbor.
- Loving your neighbor as yourself means that self-love is consistent with neighbor love. Genuine self-love pursues our wholeness, holiness and integrity and flourishing and these are the very things we want for our neighbor.  Our neighbor is any human whose face we encounter whether in person or in our mind. Are animals our neighbors?
- The Rabbis might say anybody can be a neighbor. For example: family and friends, pets and other animals, people from other places. When Jewish people say love your neighbor as yourself we mean: treat other people how you would like to be treated. For example, if somebody is being mean to you don't be mean back.  If you treat someone mean how would you feel if they did that to you!
- Your neighbor is any other human being and you should treat them as kindly as yourself.
- It means to respect everybody and be kind despite people's differences.
- This law implies to treat everyone with the kindness and respect that you would like to be treated by all people.  You must treat everyone in this way no matter how much they may have wronged you..
- Our neighbor is any Jew or good person we meet and we treat them the way we want  to be treated ourselves.
- To love your neighbor is to treat them not only as you would yourself, but how you truly should, and everyone is your neighbor.
- Your neighbor doesn’t literally mean your neighbor in the house community.  Neighbors are people, human beings. Love your neighbors refers to be nice to everyone until you have a reason not to be nice to 'em.

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