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Saturday, December 10, 2005

On Hatred

Its so easy. Isn't it?

All it takes is one moment of distance, one breathe of callousness. The living breathing human transforms into a vaguely alien being who quickly becomes threatening with the first demand they place on your time.

That's all hate is. Seperation. Alienation.

Leah was hated not because Ya'akov ever did anything, but because there was that certain distance.

Before we can ever hope to love our neighbor, we must stop hating him in our hearts. We must stop forgetting his humanity, ignoring his pain, letting that silence between grow ever thicker, ever more impenetrable.

In truth, someone who hates the world, sits trembling in a prison of their own design, shoving everything and everyone as far away as it can go.

Sometimes, we say, I don't hate the person I just don't want to ever speak to them again. That's hatred.

Sometimes, we just turn around and walk away, trusting time to wither whatever remains there. Thats hatred.

Sometimes, it's just easier to shrug philosophically than to put the effort into drawing another person closer, into feeling, into living. That's hatred.

Perhaps, sometimes all we need to do to love, is to stop hating.


  • Lulei dimistifina, Leah was not hated - she thought she was hated (it's a big problem when people think noone loves them, it's the yetzet hara at work). Hate is one of the reasons a person is cursed. Yaakov was a tzadik gamur, he hated no one. Leah was blessed 5 times that proves she was not hated. That is why she called her son Levi, this time 3 = chazaka the fruit of her womb were blessed (healthy) may we all be blessed as well.

    By Blogger Littleredridinghoodie, at 12:57 PM, December 11, 2005  

  • Read the pasuk. It says Leah was hated not that Ya'akov hated her. He didn't the problem is that distance mentioned above.

    In fact, the pasuk and rashi, imply that it was only once she had reuven that she realized that there was any difference between her and rachel. That's why rueven is named for "Hashem saw that I was hated"

    By Blogger Masmida, at 1:03 PM, December 11, 2005  

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