Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi
Portrait of Hacham Agassi painted by Mrs Ruth Gila, Beit Meir , Israel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

You  Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ

Our Sages teach us that "It is a Mitzvah to love every Jew". This is a central principle of Judaism-“This is the entire Torah”- זו היא כל התורה כולה as both Hillel the Elder, President of the Sanhedrin, and Rabbi Akiva teach us. When accosted by converts who begged to be taught Torah on “one leg”-רגל אחד they answered the Mitzvah to “love of one’s fellow as oneself” -וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ is equal to all the Mitzvoth of the Torah-in fact it is the entire Torah, and the rest of the Torah is the interpretation of this Mitzvah.

דעלך סני - לחברך לא תעביד, זו היא כל התורה כולה, ואידך פירושה הוא, זיל גמור". (ובתרגום לעברית: 'מה ששנוא עליך לא תעשה לחברך, זו כל התורה והשאר פירוש הוא) "לך ללומדו"

What is hated unto yourself refrain from doing to your neighbor
מה ששנוא עליך לא תעשה לחברך

This is the entire Torah and the rest is interpretation
זו כל התורה והשאר פירוש הוא

And you shall love you fellow like yourself
וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ

This is the Whole Entire Torah
זו היא כל התורה כולה

One-אחד     =   1

Leg-רגל = 332=8

Thus the entire Torah is a combination of the numbers 1 and 8
and the rest is interpretation!

This is what Hillel the Elder and Rabbi Akiva were referring to

The Code of 1 and 8

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