Get Real pt. 3

Don’t Hate and Don’t Carry

Rabbi Akiva told me
this is a major rule in the Torah —

love your friend as [you love]
yourself [Lev.19:18]

Look to the context —
the verse before:
you shall not hate your brother in your heart
you shall surely rebuke your neighbor
and not carry sin because of him [Lev.19:17].

Unusual progression
you shall not hate your brother to
you shall surely rebuke your neighbor
not carry sin because of your neighbor
to: love.

Only love has that kind of power
to heal.

We don’t lead with love
but we come to love,

we have moved through
don’t hate
surely rebuke
don’t carry someone else’s sin
don’t take vengeance
don’t bear a grudge
only

love —

I am Hashem
the way of love
the true healing.

jsg, usa

Small alef; poetry Kedoshim 3
Maqam Saba

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