Kedoshim– Imagination (Love your Neighbor)

“Love your neighbor as yourself ”  (Lev 19:18)

We often think of imagination as, at worst, a failure to deal with reality; at best, an artistic gift that some are blessed with.   This mitzvah suggests that imagination is an intrinsic part of the moral and spiritual life.  The mussar teacher Rav Simha describes the central task of moral education as the development of an “imaginative projection,” the ability to view the world through the needs of the other. Imagination allows us to clothe ourselves in our neighbor, to take a few steps in their shoes.

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