The Shining Sun

Rabbi Moshe Rosenstein related that Rabbi Yisroel Salanter often expressed his feelings of great joy on the benefit he has from the shining sun which helps mankind in so many ways. Rabbi Rosenstein would ask why don’t other people also feel the same joy as Rabbi Salanter? The main reason is that people feel happier when they have something others are missing. When everyone else in the world has the same thing, they do not feel they have anything special. Rabbi Salanter felt great love for other people. Therefore, the fact that others also benefited increased his pleasure. Just as a person feels more pleasure when his children also have pleasure, so too, one who sincerely loves other people feels increased pleasure when others also benefit. ~ R’ Zelig Pliskin

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