© SimpleToRemember.com - Judaism Online. Please try again. Is that the fate of the United States? Rabbi Lubavitch put another spin on this by asking the question, “Why should we love only as much as ourselves.”   There are many people who do not love themselves and thus if we take this command literally then we would have chaos as those who do not love themselves  would treat their fellow man with the same scorn and hate they have for themselves. On that note, we can now understand why Hillel said, “Don’t do unto others what you would not want done to you,” which is the inverse of love thy neighbor. the flower fades; If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall help him to lift it up. Many people – Jew and Christian alike – are surprised to discover that the principle “Love thy neighbor as thyself” is found in the “Old” Testament, and even in Leviticus, probably the most maligned (and misunderstood) book in what we Jews call the Torah. Motivation: Many Jews seem to think that it's the second most important commandment in Torah. Actually that's literally what "love your neighbor" means in English. Why not word it in the positive, as Christianity did: “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you”? But it is also, historically, the bloodiest religion in history. However, by doing so, they totally missed the point. But so often the love principle is not easy to actually live up to. TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT WORDS OF JESUS IN RED Jesus tells us to “...love thy neighbor as thyself” as a second commandment after the first and greatest commandment: to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. RESOURCES A Pharisee followed this up with a question as to who is your neighbor. Therefore, if you are a believer, go and love your neighbor … Only a god knows the full meaning of love. neighbouring adj 1. nearby. the brass knuckles symbol in the tattoo world is "love thy neighbor". It seems to me that there are primarily three related, but distinct, meanings: The meaning Loving a neighbor is offering love so vividly to the point that the recipient, who is the neighbor, undoubtedly knows that you love them. Are we to love others only as far as we love ourselves which means if we hate ourselves we are free to hate others? Intimacy With God Whom My Soul Loveth Bundle, Ten Words That Will Change Everything You Know About God. The Torah does not merely cite an aphorism, but provides a case study how to live up to it. What's the meaning of the phrase 'Love thy neighbour'? The word for neighbor is lere’eka. The first century Jews really struggled with the dynamics of this command and there was much debate that issue as well. In the Torah’s eyes, we have to really work on ourselves to live up to them. There will arise leaders who oppose Israel just as there arose kings in Persia who would eventually oppose Israel. Even though Jesus did not include that preposition his parable illustrated it by the fact that this Samaritan did not just love his neighbor, but performed acts of love toward him. (Exodus 23:4-5), If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. We are to be like Jesus and look at them while suffering the torture they inflict on us and say: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  There are no buts. He also resolved the issue of whether or not we are to love others according the degree of love we have for ourselves by adding a slight innovation, not to change the law but to explain it better and that is the we are love others as Christ loved us. In the Talmud Shabbat 31a there is the story of a gentile who came before Shammai and said to him, “I wish to convert to Judaism. Thus Rabbi Lubavitch renders this command as “Thou shalt love they neighbor and thyself.”. by Chaim & Laura | Jun 14, 2015 | Devotionals, Leviticus 19:18:  “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I [am] the LORD.”, John 13:34: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”. You have successfully subscribed to Chaim Bentorah's Free Daily Word Study! We can but hope to increase in the understanding and living of this central principle of the gospel. His love for us is perfect, so you cannot play that game of  “I don’t love this about myself therefore I don’t have to love that person who expresses the same trait that I hate about myself.”, Jesus even took it further in Matthew  5:44: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”. Yet it is also awkward in the Hebrew but they keep the preposition in there. but the word of God stands forever. neighbour or (N Amer) neighbor noun 1. someone near or next door to one. The word new in Greek is kainos which means a novelty or new in the sense of a new innovation or opportunity. the love thy neighbor tattoo is a representation of what people are capable of doing to one another. “What is revenge and what is bearing a grudge? Relationships & Family Set as Featured Therefore, at the minimum, “don’t do unto them as you wouldn’t want done to you.” Included in Hillel’s aphorism is Judaism’s practical approach to all the lofty ideals that attract people to the Bible. From the earliest years, Jewish children in home and school are taught a) practical applications of the love idea and b) that it is a law, not just a nice idea. For instance, Christianity prides itself on the idea of “loving thy enemies” (Matthew 5:43-44). ", Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. What's the origin of the phrase 'Love thy neighbour'? Even in the coming year? I don’t think that is the case. Commandments & Daily Living Wikipedia says that Jews interpret that to mean being "fair" to "fellow Jews". Yes, love is a spiritual thing; it is all over the Torah. This commandment tells us we are not to seek revenge nor are we to bear a grudge. So Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan to show that this love extended to all mankind and not just within one’s own community. The word grudge is natar which means to keep or maintain anger. This is the entire Torah; the rest is the commentary–go and learn it.”  These two schools of thought, the school of Shammai and the school of Hillel were hotly debated. It literally reads: “Thou shalt love to your neighbor.” Of course we will not translate it …