Compassion, Defined By Three Faiths Essay

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What is compassion? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as a “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” I think that compassion has a much more powerful meaning than this. I believe that compassion is true embodiment of the human heart and spirit and its urge to help people. I also believe that this embodiment drives us to unite as one, setting aside our differences, be it in religion, politics, or other worldly conflicts, to master our divine purpose, the betterment of humanity and nature. The three Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, among other religions, exemplify the qualities of compassion and love clearly reflecting these ideas in their scriptures and teachings. In fact, if…show more content…
In the Jewish tradition, God is the compassionate and is often invoked as the ‘Father of Compassion’. Hence ‘Rehmana’ or compassionate becomes the usual designation of His revealed word. The Rabbis speak of the thirteen attributes of compassion and invokes the feeling of a mother for her offspring. The feeling of compassion was supposed to have been rooted in the heart of the righteous in ancient Israel. Compassion, empathy, altruism, kindness and love are frequently used interchangeably. An in-depth study will make it clear that compassion is more than a simple human emotion. Kabbalah, the Jewish mythical tradition is clear about this. A leading Rabbi of the Talmud(Hillel) stated, “Kindness gives to another. Compassion knows no other.” Expanding the idea further, Michael Laitman said, ‘if we thoroughly examine Nature’s elements, we will see that altruism Is the basis of life.’ Though altruism is the word used, the concept seems consistent with compassion. On being asked about Jewish religion in a nut-shell, Rabbi Hillel stated, ‘That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah. The rest is explanation; go and learn.” Post 9/11 the words of Rabbi Hillel are being more frequently quoted by speakers of
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