n. Love of one's fellow Jew.
"[T]he mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel, “Mitzvas asei le’ehov kol echad v’echad mi’Yisroel kegufo”, is a positive commandment to love every Jew in the same manner that we love ourselves. This mitzvah is a klal gadol ba’Torah (fundamental principle of Torah), and furthermore, it is the yesod...of our Torah, upon which the entire Torah is based." (source)
"In 1976, the Lubavitcher Rebbe added the mitzvah of Ahavat Yisrael (love for a fellow Jew) to his “mitzvah campaign”—a shortlist of practical actions he proposed with the goal of encouraging every Jew, regardless of his or her degree of religious observance, to do a G‑dly deed." (source)
"Those guys who volunteered for the Entebbe Raid showed such ahavat yisrael." (Glinert)
"That play had such anti-Semitic overtones; the characters were such stereotypes. For a Jewish writer, he certainly has no ahavat Yisra'el."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
TH אהבת ישראל ahavat yisra'el 'love of Israel' > Y אַהבֿת־ישׂראל aaves-yisroel
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
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"The phrase is most often used to describe relationships between Jews." (JPS)
See also ahave.
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