Love is the single most necessary ingredient for human happiness, and relationships, and it is the purest expression of the soul making it also a G-dly act.
There is selfish, narcissistic, indulgent, self centered love, and selfless, giving, caring, love.
The essence of the soul like a diamond buried in the ground is always a diamond and although the diamond may be covered with grime and is in the need of a good polish, it is nonetheless a brilliant stone.
A gentile once came to Hillel and asked him to teach him the entire Torah / Bible while he stands on one foot. “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to them and the rest is the commentary of this principle.” Hillel the greatest sage in his time unequivocally stated that the entire Torah is for one goal and that is to teach man how to be nice to one another.
The Baal Shem Tov taught that when a Jew is happy for another Jews successes and is sad over his losses this is dearer to G-d than the prayers of Rabbi Yishmoel Cohen Godal in the Kodesh Hakodoshim on Yom Kippur. So when you are genuinely happy for your fellows successes and when you are genuinely sad over their losses than you have given G-d greater joy than Rabbi Yishmoel Cohen Godal (the holiest Jew of his time) when he was praying in the Kodesh Hakodoshim (the holiest place in the world) on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the year).
Rabbi Aikvah says “Love your friend as you love yourself” is the founding principle of the Torah / Bible.
The Baal Shem Tov taught that it makes sense that a soul will come down to this world and live sixty seventy years in order to do for a fellow a favor; a materiel favor, and certainly a spiritual favor.
The Baal Shem Tov teaches that the main mitzvah / commandment of “Love your friend as you love yourself” is to think about things that cause you to love your friends.
Love is a reciprocal feeling. Just as water / mirror will mirror the face that peers into it similarly love is a reflection of hearts.
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