What Good Are Envy, Passion And Honor?

g202Three questions I received about the meanings of different Biblical references:

Question: I would like to learn the deeper meaning of the Book of Ruth. Is this possible? Can I read about it somewhere?

My Answer: The Book of Zohar contains a Kabbalistic interpretation of the Book of Ruth.

Question: How does the commandment, “love thy neighbor as thyself,” differ from acquiring the quality of bestowal?

My Answer: They differ in the same way that a quality differs from an action.

Question: Help me understand the meaning of the phrase, “Envy, passion, and honor will lead a person out of this world” (Avot).

My Answer: By using these qualities correctly, a person can leave the egoistic world and enter the altruistic world.

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