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06 November 2006 @ 08:23 pm
A relevant quotation  

From Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History, HarperCollins, New York, 2001, ISBN 0-688-08406-7, page 249:

    “Normally, we worry about our own material well-being and our neighbor’s souls; let us rather worry about our neighbor’s material well-being and our own souls.”  —Rabbi Israel Salanter.

 
 
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A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on November 7th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Excellent thought and indeed a fine policy.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 12th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I rather thought so. I'm not at all surprised you agree, love.

A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on November 17th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
awww
*mwah*
aet on November 7th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Um, an ugly memory about picking just ONE side (or both ? Loyalty to powers to be can seen as saving one's soul, too).

OK, I understand the rabbi meant worry as "My neighbor has TOO LITTLE, should I help?"

It is just the recent history of my region that made me to read it: "My neighbor has TOO MUCH, should I report him to the authorities, so that he would be punished?"
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 12th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)

OUCH! Funny, I never thought of it that way but of course you're right—it can be read to mean something other than what was intended.

As to why you read it as you did … you probably can answer that better than I. Perhaps you're just one of those people who automatically riffles through all (or at least many) possible meanings of any given statement before deciding which one is most likely to have been intended. I know I frequently do that, which is why one of my mottos is: "Never give a straight-line an even break."

Or it might be as you posit here: that the recent history of your region has skewed your perspective.

Or perhaps it was because of something else entirely.

Interesting thoughts, though. Thank you.

David W. Schrothdavidschroth on November 7th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for Posting These Quotes
I'm really enjoying them.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 12th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for Posting These Quotes

You're quite welcome. I'm very glad you're enjoying them (you being among those whose opinions I most respect) and, as you no doubt noticed, I am continuing to post them. I actually have a number of post-it notes sticking out of that book, but I don't want to overwhelm people. I also want to try to post a few writings of my very own (or, at least, as much as any thought, idea, and words can be one's "very own") every now and then, and I suspect that posting too many quotations allatime would decrease my energy for that. I guess time will tell.

Skylarkerskylarker on November 8th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
I tend to worry about pretty much everything, as it comes to my attention.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 12th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Doesn't all that worrying become wearying after a while?
Skylarkerskylarker on November 12th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Of course. Fortunately, I'm easily distracted from my worries.