Friday, May 2, 2014

Love. Like you love yourself.

I am going to tell you a little something about love.

As many of you know, in the Jewish tradition we read a section of the Old Testament in the synagogue every week. The Old Testament is divided up in portions so that we finish the entire book every year.

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Last week we read a momentous sentence, one that most of my dear readers have probably heard in some form or other before.

In Leviticus 19:18 it says, “love your friend as yourself”. Listen in Hebrew

You could translate it like that but it would not be much of a grammatical stretch in Hebrew if you read it slightly differently:
“you will love your friend like you love yourself”

 So maybe it’s a commandment or maybe it’s sage advice: You want to love someone? Learn how to love yourself.

Learning to love yourself is a prerequisite for learning how to love others.

Stay tuned next week for how to love yourself.
Very sincerely,
Ari Hoffman MA, LPC

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