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  • Writer's pictureTzippora Felsenthal

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This man is standing in middle of the shuk, in Machane Yehuda holding up a sign. Usually, people with signs ask for charity. This man however, asked for for Ahavat Chinam- to love your fellow Jew.

Translation of the sign:

בורא עולם אומר - 

The creator of the world (Hashem) says:

״לְמַעַן אַחַי וְרֵעָי אֲדַבְּרָה נָּא שָׁלוֹם בָּךְ" -

For the sake of my brothers and friends, I shall say: Peace be within you

"לְמַעַן בֵּית ה׳ אֱלֹקינוּ אֲבַקְשָׁה טוֹב לָךְ״ - 

For the sake of the House of the Lord, our God, I will seek your good

״ה׳ עֹז לְעַמּוֹ יִתֵּן ה׳ יְבָרֵךְ אֶת עַמּוֹ בַשָּׁלוֹם״ -

May the Lord give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace

And then:

מבקש אהבת חינם - לא צדקה!
I'm asking for Ahavat Chinam, not tzedaka!

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