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bof love of Jewry. We act upon it. There is no limit to the blengths to which we will go when necessary to aid a fellow bJew. We must be prepared to give our efforts; we must be bprepared to give our moneys; and, if need be, we must be bprepared to give our lives for the Jewish people. But there is bmore.

b“It is told that a poor man once entered the home of the bgreat Rabbi Yosef Dov Ber Soloveichik, Rabbi of Brisk, to bask him a question about a Passover ritual. Since he could bnot afford to buy wine, he asked, ‘Does a Jew fulfill his bobligation concerning the drinking of the four cups of wine bat the Seder through the drinking of milk?’

b“Rabbi Soloveichik shook his head and explained that the bJew cannot fulfill his obligation through milk. He then breached into his pocket and gave the man twenty-five rubles, ba sizeable sum, and told him to buy wine for himself.

b“When the man left, the rebbitzin, who had overheard bthe conversation, asked her husband, ‘Surely, wine can be bgotten for two or three rubles. Why did you give him such a blarge sum?’

b“And the great rabbi smiled and replied, ‘Tell me, when a bJew asks if he may use milk at the Seder, is it not obvious that bhe cannot afford meat either?’

b“Few tales indicate more clearly the true essence of the bJewish concept of Ahavat Yisroel. The love of a fellow Jew bmeans rushing to his aid when he needs help, but it means bmuch more. It means caring so much, fearing so much for a bJew’s welfare that—as a mother to a child—we anticipate band intuitively understand our brother’s need.

b“Rabbi David of Lvov taught his Hassidim this essence of bAhavat Yisroel by retelling the story of the two farmers who bhad sworn undying love and friendship to each other. ‘If bthat is really so,’ said one, ‘what do I need?’ ‘How can I know bwhat your needs are?’ asked the other. ‘In that case, you do bnot really love me, for if you did, you would understand bwhat I lack without my having to tell you . . .’

b“If this is the essence of Ahavat Yisroel, we can only sadly brecognize its magnificence and beauty as we look at our borphaned generation and behold its absence.

b“In our own times, the failure on the part of our leaders b 

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