Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Close friendships


"When a person has a beloved friend, the relationship is even closer than that of siblings, even when the two are not together. We find this stated in the verse (Samuel I 18), 'And Jonathan's soul clung to David,' which describes a situation in which David and Jonathan were physically separate. Jonathan's soul still clung to David.

"Friendship is greater than sibling ties because sibling relationships begin with their common origin, and the siblings' love comes from their existence together. If they are separated, that is lost. Friends always cling together."

[Of course, siblings can become friends, creating a dual relationship!]

(Vilna Gaon on Proverbs 18:24)

Have a great day,

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