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Hand holding heart-shaped object against sunlight

The more I see, the less I know for sure. -- John Lennon

A Hasid traveling with a friend suddenly turns to him and inquires, “Do you love me?” to which the friend replies, “Of course, I love you.” The Hasid then asks: “Do you know what gives me pain? Do you know what brings me joy?” When the bewildered friend admits he doesn’t really know what gives him pain or joy, the Hasid says: “If you don’t know what causes me pain or brings me joy, how can you say that you love me?”

The Hasid in this cryptic tale is teaching us about the intimate connection that exists between love...

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