"Intolerance lies at the core of evil.
Not the intolerance that results
from any threat or danger,
but intolerance of another being who dares to exist.
Intolerance without cause. It is so deep within us,
because every human being secretly desires
the entire universe to himself.
Our only way out is to learn
compassion without cause. To care for each other
simply because that ‘other’ exists."~The Kotzker Rebbe
"Just as we love ourselves despite the shortcomings we have, so should we love others despite the shortcomings they have."~Baal Shem Tov
Acceptance of ourselves can only come once we have accepted others.
I Am What I Am (from La Cage Aux Folles) Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca