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Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 - 7:53 am

Every community, family and organization (political, religious, companies etc.) wants there to be unity. Unity is an important ingredient that protects the fabric and the spirit from degrading or losing its way. 

The book of Devarim, Deuteronomy, is set as the last book of the Torah. The book prepares the Jewish people to take the next step to develop as a nation and prepare to enter the Land of Israel. Moses encourages the Jewish people to ensure that they are unified as that will guarantee success and keep the fabric of the nation wholesome.

There is unity that is self-serving; if we both have a common goal we can unite to ensure that goal, but when our goals differ that oneness disappears. There is another type of unity that is internal and real, an expression of the same core identity. This unity can be expressed even when we have different goals. It is noticed in the tone of the conversation and the respect shown to the opposing viewpoint.

We are days away from Tisha b'Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, the anniversary of the destruction of the Holy Temple. The cause of the destruction was baseless hatred and the antidote is baseless love. 

Find a fellow Jew, invite them for a meal, take them out for coffee, show them love and care. Why? What do you want from them? Nothing. No goal in mind, just love of your fellow. #justbecause #baselesslove

Have a lovely Shabbos and an easy fast.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

Info on Tisha b'Av can be found here 
Fast Begins (in Bel Air) Shabbat 8:03 PM and ends Sunday 8:31 PM 

Lamentations Reading and Video Screening after Shabbat 9:00pm

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