Teaching Torah while standing on one foot - Reb Lisa's Message
This is a good time to remember one of the most central Jewish values, a teaching from the Talmud (Shabbat 31a). This text is referenced a lot. There must be a reason. Perhaps the urgency of our times requires us to get back to basics.
When asked to impart all of Torah while standing on one foot, Hillel the Elder said simply:
“That which is hateful to you
do not do to another;
that is the entire Torah,
and the rest is its interpretation.
Go study.” (Translation from Sefaria)
Yes. Short, sweet, and to the point. Yet, these are likely the most difficult words to embody and realize, in our actual lives, in a meaningful way. Within our control is the ability to stop ripples of negativity, hurtful behavior, hateful actions. What’s getting in the way?
May we be blessed with the gift of the Holy pause. May we hesitate before criticizing, judging, demeaning another person. May we take the time to study words of Torah...all those interpretations that give us examples, practical application for loving our fellow.