Thursday, February 7, 2008

Daily Torah Thought - 2/8


Here, in discussing gratitude, Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch speaks on a macro level, regarding nations. Nonetheless, he provides an important lesson/reminder regarding gratitude on a personal level: Although I may at times experience abuse from others, it is important for me to be grateful for the good they have done.

"Learn to forget the centuries of oppression and misery, of the inhuman scorn and the inhuman degradation which folly and lack of understanding brought upon you in your wandering in the Galut [exile], and remember gratefully the good that you found everywhere - and still find.

"And when you, yourself, find merely an abode, are allowed only a pitiful existence, even for that be thankful, show gentleness and love to every citizen of those states that have welcomed you and have given you their protection; let him learn from you the love that he has denied you."

(R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, paragraph 587)

Have a great day,

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