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On our best days, we like to think of the heart as the repository for our love and affection. It connects us to others, and as it deepens in quality, it builds relationships. Our heart swells when we fall in love, and that love fills our souls. The more we love in healthy connections, the happier we are and the more we have to offer to the people around us.
Unfortunately, the heart can also be a haven for darkness and evil. Instead of nurturing love, there are those who feed hatred and violence. Their souls are filled with resentment and the need to punish those whom they feel have deprived them of meaningful lives. And often a purposeful life is only acquired through the destruction of those they hate. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says:
The greatest weapon of mass destruction is the human heart.
As we follow the war between the Israelis and Hamas, it is difficult for many of us to imagine hating so deeply that human life is regarded as worthless; that killing babies will contribute to a person’s path to heaven; that beating and shooting others who do not practice their faith will please their G-d. And yet they seem to thrive on meeting their goals and cannot be deterred until they reach them.
Still, I personally choose to foster love to those around me.
May my heart be a haven for good, not evil.Published in