EREV SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED SUKKOT (EVENING OF SEPT. 24, 2010)
THEME: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

The celebration began with about hundred people attending dinner in our Sukkah to raise money for Mazon and for the synagogue's garden. After dinner, before the traditional prayers, the services began with special readings from many religions on the theme: love your neighbor as yourself

Ancient Greek philosophy
"What thou avoidest suffering thyself seek not to impose on others." - Epictetus

Baha'i Faith
Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself—Baha'u'llah
And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself—Baha'u'llah

Buddhism
Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

Christianity
"Do to no one what you yourself dislike."—Tobit 4:15
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."—Luke 6:31

Confucianism
"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself—Confucius, Analects XV.24 (tr. David Hinton)

Hinduism
"One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self. " —Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)

Islam
"Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you."—Muhammad, The Farewell Sermon
"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." —An-Nawawifs Forty Hadith 13 (p. 56)

Jainism
"Just as pain is not agreeable to you, it is so with others. Knowing this principle of equality, treat other with respect and compassion"—Suman Suttam, verse 150

Judaism
"You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."—Leviticus 19:18


POEMS READ:

REACHING OUT

If you want to make the world a better place,
and you are just as hurt and frustrated
with the way humanity has lost it's meaning,
then STOP and GIVE.
Stop the insults. Stop the bandwagons. Stop and think. Stop and ask questions.
Stop the vicious cycle of hurt we are in.
Stop blaming others and take responsibility.
Give someone a hand, a dollar, a hug, a reassuring smile, the benefit of the doubt
Take care of yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your fellow human beings and the planet in general.
Give them the love you know we all desire.



A SONG OF COMMUNITY

Assemble us, O God,
Convene us with the shofar call of Your love,
That we might draw near to You
As we draw near to each other.

Bless us, O God,
With Your light,
Shining in the human interactions
That nurture our growth.

Connect us, O God,
As, reaching tentative hands,
One to the next,
We feel Your Hand upon our own.

Discover us, O God,
As we search for meaning;
Lift us, trembling, to rise
Renewed before Your presence.

Follow us, O God,
As we move through our days,
Finding Your Hand
Each time we open our own.

Gather us, O God,
Enfold this community;
As the Grower gathers sheaves together,
Bind our hearts.

Honor us, O God,
With the affection of our loved ones,
Whose faces smile with Your mouth,
Whose eyes dance with divine mirth.

Join us together, O God,
That, embraced in the arms of Your people,
We shelter in Your house,
Secure in Your regard.




We then sang:
AMAR RABI AKIVA
Amar Rabi Akiva. Amar Rabi Akiva.
V'ahavtah l'ray'acha. L'ray'acha kamocha.(2x)
Zeh k'lal gadol. Gadol batorah Amar Rabi Akiva (2x).
(Click to hear the song)

Translation: Rabbi Akiva said "And you shall love your neighbor, your neighbor as yourself. This is the great rule, in the Torah" that's what Rabbi Akiva said.

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