Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The great influence of hatred and love


The following is a comment by Rabbi Menachem Meiri, a 14th century sage, on a verse, Proverbs 10:12 - "Hatred arouses litigation, but love covers up all transgressions."

"This says that hatred will awaken quarrels and fights even in lightweight matters, regarding which people do not ordinarily quarrel. The degree of one's hatred for another causes him to suspect the other even in lightweight matters, even for mistakes, and to quarrel with him continually.

"Love, on the other hand, covers up even transgressions, which includes intentional sin and rebellion."

(Meiri to Proverbs 10:12)

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