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    The point of that statement about seeing smoke in your neighborhood is this: if you see smoke coming from your block and you say "Please God, let that not be my house!" you're implicitly wishing for your neighbor's house to be on fire.  And that's an immoral thing to wish from God.

    I'm also Jewish, but I'm not a Zionist.  When it comes to Israel, I think of the following story about Rabbi Hillel:

    Roman soldiers were mocking Hillel one day.  One of them said, "Rabbi, I'll convert to Judaism if you can explain all of Judaism while you're standing on one foot!"

    Hillel lifted one foot off the ground, looked at the Roman soldier, and said, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.  That is Torah.  The rest is commentary."

    Choose your enemies wisely -- for they are the ones you will imitate most.

    by Pesto on Thu Oct 28, 2004 at 05:32:28 PM PDT

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      "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor."

      If only we (as humans) could act this way just part of the time, what a world it would be ...

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