Rabbi Avi Weinstein

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More On Rabbinic Love: A Keen Sense of the Obvious

In Brovender, Rabbinic Love on March 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

My Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Brovender cryptically points out that in the 2nd Chapter of Pirkei Avot the following advice is given byof Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi:

..nullify your will in favor of His so that He will do the same… (Pirkei Avot 2:4)

So, the way he prescribes everyone to love the Holy One–i.e. unconditionally becomes a benchmark for how we evaluate our relationships and whether we own a love that will never be nullified.

It is a strange thing to get a message from your Rebbe which gives a reference and nothing more. I am, however grateful for the insight, even if there was an implicit rebuke for missing this obvious source. At first I thought I had given the wrong reference, but it turned out to be a more substantial comment than that. Well, once a student, always a student.

Judea Pearl on Carter, Durban II and Terrorism

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl who was a WSJ journalist decapitated by terrorists. This is one of Judea’s pearls of wisdom below. The interview is short and worth reading.

There is good and there is evil. The men who killed my son had a grievance, everybody has a grievance. Once you focus on the grievance, rather than the terrorist act itself, the terrorist has won.