Friday, June 14, 2013

More on Bearing the Burden With One's Fellow

The quality for this week is bears the burden with his friend (noseh b’ol im chaveroh). The verse does not state that he share’s his friend’s burden, but rather that he share the burden (his and his friend’s) together. This burden, or yoke, could even be referring to the yoke of Torah, which nevertheless needs acquiring day in and day out – an ongoing battle that takes place during one’s entire life. Furthermore, in Tammuz we face a heavy burden; through love of our fellow we help each other and fix the root cause of what brought this state in the first place – baseless hatred. The quality for this week and all coming weeks up until Rosh Chodesh Av, are related to how to act toward one’s friend.
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