When it comes to loving your fellow Jew, should we also love the tinok shenishba?
Now I have to explain something. The question here is about loving Jews who are not religious. They’re not observant but they’re ignorant – it’s not their fault that they don’t know anything.
Let me explain something to you now. We are not unlimited in our energies. We don’t have so much koach to expend genuine love on everybody and therefore let’s first concentrate on our own. You know, if you have gasoline in your car you should use the gasoline to go to the beis haknesses, to do your business, other important things. But to use your limited gasoline to go out and do other things that you don’t need, to go to Niagara Falls, that’s the last thing to worry about. The first thing is take care of what’s most necessary. And the most necessary thing to take care of is loving the frum Jews.
Now, if you are a very great man and you’ve succeeded in loving all the frum Jews – you love all the Satmarer and all the Lakewooder and all the Bobover and now, finally after many years of working on this, now you love everybody, so if you have a little bit left over and you want to worry about the tinok shenishbah, so you’ll worry about it then. But it will be a long time before you accomplish that, a very long time.
It’s only if you don’t know what the word love means, then you can have such a question. If it’s just an empty word so why not love everyone? That’s why the liberals love everybody. They say love, love, love. They even put on the stamps the word love. What does love mean? I don’t want to tell you what love means according to them. I don’t want to say what the teitch of the word love according to them but I can tell you that they love nobody at all except themselves. The liberals don’t love anybody. It’s a sheker vekazav.
We mean business when we say love and therefore we know it’s not true — we don’t love anybody. But we try at least a little bit to love our fellow Jews and that little bit is genuine. And if we achieve a little bit then it’s worth more than all the fakerai of love that the gentiles and the liberals are speaking about all the time.
TAPE # 870 (April 1992)