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For millenia, the Golden Rule has asked us to consider others, including those different from us, and to extend our natural compassion beyond our selves, our families & friends, to include every race, religion, or political group, so that we can foster greater understanding, forgiveness, peace & justice among all people.

How has the Golden Rule effected you in your life, in your relations with others, or in your religion or country?

 

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I tried doing the same thing within the discussions, for individuals to tell about their personal experiences with bigotry and prejudice.  Because I constantly heard all the time, about how they were against Anti-Semitism, or Palestinians facing home demolition and being blocked from going from one destination to another.  I got virtually no responses from anybody.  Which shows me how this website is filled with self-righteous and two faced people who are taking sides from the comfort of their safe homes and computers.  My personal story is not about being the victim of bigotry and prejudice, but more about self-discovery.  I am typical of children who were not raised by their biological parents, so I was 17 when I found out  about my heritage.  I found out I was the product of a Sephardic mother and a Hungarian Calvinist father.  So it was what do these terms mean?  I had paternal relatives in Budapest, so I ended up there with these relatives.  I heard from my cousin Gigi, her real name is Magda, but in Central Europe people always go by nicknames.  That her mother would get up every Sunday morning at 3:00 a.m., to cook this huge Sunday dinner.  She said one thing that was always in these dinners was matzah ball soup in beef broth.  When I asked her why, she said "because there were so many Jewish people where we lived, that our lives such intermingled."  That explained why my father took on a Jewish wife.  I had a second cousin, who also had a Jewish wife.  Her and I went around Jewish Budapest together, and I just loved it.  Later, when I returned to the United States, I wanted to get into a synagogue.  The first one, was quite paranoid of me, and viewed as some sort of Nazi spy, who wanted to become a member so I could somehow hurt them.  Surprisingly, I finally got into an Orthodox synagogue, and started going there to learn about the Siddur and the Talmud.  In the Siddur, it said "You will love your fellow man, as though you will love yourself."  I saw that as your fellow man, so that must mean all of humanity.  So it is a mitzvah to love your fellow as though, you will love yourself.  I starting seeking out Christians and Muslims, who shared the same viewpoint, and they were out there.  So that was what I used as a catalyst for Israeli-Palestinian peace, and to link up with those Jews, Muslims, and Christians who share the same philosophy.

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