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Love is a a heavy element in Judaism. In the commandments their are the three loves, “You shall love the lord your god with all your heart”, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”, and “You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in a strange land”. Judaism was the first civilization to place love in the centre of moral life. All the great civilizations had golden rules: Act toward others as you would wish them to act toward you. Theorist call this reciprocal altruism or Tit for Tat. In a parsha about Jacob, he falls in love with Rachel. He must work for seven years until he is able to marry her. The whole parsha has been about love, Jacob loved Rachel from the first time he laid his eyes on her. Up until now love had not been expressed in the Torah. Abraham and Sarah had already been married and Isaacs wife had been chosen for him. However, with Jacob is the first emotional patriarch, he loves. In other religions, love is not as rooted as it is in Judaism. It teaches love and expects us to love one another. Unlike Atheism where are existence has no reason whatsoever, God created us out of love and forgiveness. The love god shows us is in what makes us human beings. Many Jewish texts express that love, the shema itself is a commandment to love. Their are many songs and blessings that teach us how loving is the best way to live well. If you want your home to be filled with divine presence than love, that is where god exists. However, love cannot build a family, or a community, or a society. You need justice as well. Love is partial, justice is impartial. Justice can be used universally while love is a particular feeling. The tension between love and justice is what generates much of moral life. Genesis is filled with this theme, and it was no accident. Genesis is about the people and relationships while the rest of the torah is predominately about the jewish people as a whole. Tradition in Judaism teaches to see everyone as moral counterparts and doing the right thing because its right, to do the right thing because its something we must do. In order to achieve justice one must not simply love but tolerate. Judaism validates the idea of love with the acts that follow them. Kindness, respect, compassion, and empathy, are all acts that centre on the idea of love. To find compassion within ourself is not enough, find compassion through our empathy is what naturally allows us to connect with others. Justice without love is harsh, and love without justice is unfair. 

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