Friendship
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Friendship
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And G-d said, “It is not good for Adam to be alone...” (Genesis 2:18).  From the beginning of recorded history, human beings have sought relationships with one another.  As the book of Genesis teaches, this is part of how G-d conceived of human existence.  We are commanded to not be alone--and the friendships we have are part of the equation.  We value our friendships, as facing the challenges of life together helps us to understand, or make peace, with its complexities.


Chaverut goes deeper than simply just having friends, but implies the importance of how we treat our friends, how we honor and respect them, love and appreciate them, and truly value what is a special relationship.  We show our friends how important they are to us by our actions.  In particular, while g’milut chasadim--acts of loving kindness often refers to what we do to improve the world, it can also connect with how we treat others.  When we act with loving kindness, we demonstrate that we value the relationships we are in and those that we form.

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Perachyah said, “Find for yourself a teacher, acquire a friend, and judge all people with the scale of merit” (Pirke Avot 1:6).  What we learn from our friends is significant--they help us become righteous people.  The relationship we have with our friends is a learning experience that teaches us how to nurture our best selves.  A true friend is our partner in our own journey.  


Questions for Reflection:

1. Why would G-d say that it is not good for us to be alone?

2. What should we expect from our friends, and what should our friends expect from us?

3. What are some things that you have learned from your friendships?

4.  Who do you consider a “true” friend and why?

5. How can you incorporate the value of chaverut within the classroom?


Be helpful and kind so that you can enjoy all the people in your life.

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