Limmud eFestival 2022 Limmud eFestival 2022

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Pain of Others: Compassion and Understanding in the Thought of the Sefat Emet

Rabbinic literature is full of descriptions of God's compassion and exhortations to us to be similarly compassionate. But the literature is much thinner on how to become compassionate and what this ideal really means to us as human beings. In this session we will address this issue through the thought of th great 19th century Hassidic master, R' Yehudah Aryeh-Leib Alter, known after his works, Sefat Emet. We'll try to gain an understanding of what it means to emulate God in this way as well as how to identify and work with our own limitations in this area.