In order to love your neighbor, you have to love yourself

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSInspirationRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleThe story of the Lobster and the OctopusNext articleUpdating Breaking News: Motorcyclist dies in hit-and-run Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rick Sherwin is the Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. He is a graduate of UCLA and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He energetically fills spiritual services and educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue and humor. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11  “If you can learn to love yourself and [embrace your] flaws, you can love other people so much better.”-Kristin ChenowithInspirationBy Rick SherwinFebruary 14th is the designated day to respond to Cupid’s encouragement to express our love, bringing to mind cards, flowers, and restaurant reservations. The Hebrew Bible asks us to examine first the internal message of love that lies within our soul. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Loving another is wonderful, but you must do it as yourself, you must be genuine.With wisdom and insight, the Talmudic Sages add to the interpretation of the verse, “Love your neighbor as [you love] yourself.” If you do not have a positive view of who you are, you will have a problem extending genuine love to others.The Rabbis’ interpretation simply reminds us to look into the mirror and like the person we see, even as we strive to be the person we have the potential to be. Only then can we be genuinely loving and beloved.Happy Valentine’s Day!last_img read more

Lea Salonga & Telly Leung Will Join George Takei for Allegiance

first_img Salonga and Leung take on the roles of Kei and Young Sam, respectively, reprising their performances from the 2012 world premiere production in San Diego. They join the previously announced George Takei, whose personal experience as a child in a Japanese-American internment camp inspired the musical. View Comments Allegiance Salonga earned a Tony Award for Miss Saigon, her Broadway debut. Her additional Great White Way credits include Les Miserables (playing both Eponine and Fantine), Flower Drum Song and Something Good. On screen, her singing voice can be heard as two Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. She recently appeared as Mother in the 2013 Avery Fisher Hall concert production of Ragtime and served as a judge on The Voice of the Philippines. Related Shows Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II and beyond, the show follows WWII veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. Tony winner Lea Salonga, who last appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, and Telly Leung, a former vlogger for Godspell, will return to the Great White Way this fall in Allegiance. Performances will begin on October 6; opening night is set for November 8 at the Longacre Theatre. Additional cast for the Stafford Arima-helmed production will be announced shortly. In addition to Glee and Godspell, Leung has appeared in Wicked, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and Rent. He currently stars in Manhattan Theatre Club’s The World of Extreme Happiness. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016last_img read more