The vice of the disciples of Rabbi Akiva was that there was no love of mercy among them. And hence, Rashbi said: “We need to reach a great love between us, meaning the yearning to bestow so we may draw the Light and all good.”
– Law Codes, The Way of Life
When a person evokes mercy to the friend with his prayer, his plea rises up and evokes mercy from Above. If, however, a person pursues personal gain, his prayer is far from rising and finding a response.
– The book, The Greatness of Shlomo