Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Accept a Torah teacher upon yourself; acquire a friend for yourself, and judge everyone favorably.
The Mishnah 6 deals with general social conduct, for we live as part of a kindred people, whether rabbis, peers or others. Successful participation in society flows from HaShem, as we draw people close because our love for HaShem includes the love of the people He created.
In practice, this means that we should accept our religious superior as a Rav, even if he is not perfect. We should accept our peers as companions, even if they do not completely meet our standards. Finally, we should not judge another as evil because of a religious or other shortcoming. Rather, judge everyone favorably and do not let such differences keep you apart.
The basic rule is: Draw people near and do not rebuff them.
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