“all the ‘good books’ in the world agree…”


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Torah’s repeated instruction to care for (e.g., respect, love, leave corners of the field for, not oppress) the stranger because we were strangers in the land of Egypt.   

The Torah’s instruction sounds so simple.  In fact, I think it’s something most people who’ve ever read this blog would agree they aspire to do… care about and show respect for those who are different from whomever each of us is.  

But, as it turns out, being respectful of others can be really hard to accomplish consistently in the chaos of daily life.  Life is busy, and we are in a hurry, and things sure would be simpler if everyone thought about everything exactly as we do!!  Then, people wouldn’t be different from us, and we wouldn’t feel an urge to fear them.  

Maybe that’s why Torah kept repeating the instruction…

I found this song recently — Melissa Etheridge singing “A Little Bit of Me” — that’s been another reminder for me to have patience with others who are different from me.  If you listen carefully, you can find out what all the ‘good books’ agree about!   😃
what a different world it would be if we could all remember…jen


3 thoughts on ““all the ‘good books’ in the world agree…”

  1. Very well expressed and explained, Jen! The way you always do. I have tried to treat the strangers, and also the familiar human beings, the best way I can. It is a very hard task in our busy days. That’s why the pocket Torah message, and your beautiful post, are great reminders. Thank you! Best to you and your family! 🙂

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