E11 – Five Tips Toward More Meaningful Friendships

בדבוק חברים  – closeness with colleagues.

One of the commentaries on Pirkei Avot interprets this renders careful choice of friends. (Emunas Shmuel)

In order to success­fully study and internalize Torah, one must sur­round oneself with friends of good character and intellectual clarity, who are both good-hearted and perform good deeds.

  • The Maharal, Rabbi Judah Loew (between 1512 and 1526? – 17 September 1609), notes that friendship is essential to Torah knowledge since the gift of Torah is not accessible to individuals; only the nation as a whole can receive God’s greatest gift.
  • Friendship is the way to build bridges to others and turn many indi­viduals into a united nation.

5 Steps Toward More Meaningful Friendships (Click Here)

  • Make the effort.
  • Ask for your friends’ perspectives.
  • Plan around shared interests.
  • Make new friends.
  • Prioritize work and friendships. set ambitious career goals, but don’t sacrifice close ties in the process; give each one the energy required.

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