Friday, November 28, 2014

Rabbi Sacks on Parashat Vayetzei: Love is where God lives

This is another lovely essay on this week's Torah portion from Rabbi Sacks. 

"Love unites but it also divides. It leaves the unloved, even the less-loved, feeling rejected, abandoned, forsaken, alone. That is why you cannot build a society, a community or even a family on love alone. There must be justice-as-fairness also."

"If we look at the eleven times the word “love,” ahavah, is mentioned in the book of Genesis we make an extraordinary discovery. Every time love is mentioned, it generates conflict. Isaac loved Esau but Rebekah loved Jacob. Jacob loved Joseph, Rachel’s firstborn, more than his other sons. From this came two of the most fateful sibling rivalries in Jewish history."

"We are accidents of matter, the result of blind chance and natural selection. Judaism’s approach is the most beautiful I know. We are here because God created us in love and forgiveness asking us to love and forgive others. Love, God’s love, is implicit in our very being."

"If you want to live well, love. If you seek to be close to God, love. If you want your home to be filled with the light of the Divine presence, love

"Love is where God lives."