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Tolerance

Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss in his lecture on tolerance states some thoughts:

A person who knows the Talmud very well who has not developed in his personal relationships is missing the whole point.

It is better to err on the side of loving a person, (i.e. loving someone for no reason), than to hate for no reason.

G-d dwells among people who have peace. There is a parable, that a man was about to be hanged for murder. Right before he was hung, another man came running, screaming, "Don't murder him! It was a mistake! It was a mistake! I murdered the person!"

So they took the condemned man off the gallows, placed him in the dungeon, and brought the confessor before the king. As the king quesioned him, It became clear that the man was blatently lying, and that he could not have murdered the victim in question.

As a decision to decide the case became imminent, the king had one last qauestion for the man. "Why did you do this? Why did you put yourself and your very life on thel line to postpone this man's hanging?"

With tears in his eyes, the man answered. "Your majesty... this man who was about to be hung is my best friend. To be frank, I cannot conceive of living in this world without him."

The king was moved, and he announced his final decision. "I will grant your friend clemency and return to him his life, on one condition. And that is, that when you visit this man for whom you were so eager to sacrifice your life, I will attend. I wish to have the experience of such a friendship."

This parable demonstrates how G-d dwells among those who love one another.


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