Sedra ReEh 120 Words – What is a Brother?
The unfortunate husband who yesterday was his wife’s darling, is today reviled because he gave a gift to the home helper – the identical gift he yesterday gave to his wife.
Friendship is not about helping people; love is not about loving people -its about intimacy, its about how MUCH MORE you attend to me than to others. She who throws millions of dollars into the street, has no relationship with those blessed by her distribution – she may as well have put it in the trash. When the kid says, “Thanks for the gift Mum, your secretary knows exactly what I like.” there is no love or friendship in that mother-daughter relationship.
“You will collect from the stranger but claims against your brother must be relinquished” [Devarim 15:3]