The Talmud tells a story of Rabbi Hillel, who lived around the time of Jesus. A pagan came to him saying he would convert to Judaism if Hillel could teach him the whole of the Torah (Jewish Scripture) in the time he could stand on one foot. Rabbi Hillel replied, "What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary." My dad always instilled in us this "Golden Rule." He was a warm, loving man who always treated others with kindness and respect. As we share World Interfaith Harmony Week, I continue to be blessed by these words.
Daryl Files is Co-Chair of the World Interfaith Harmony Assembl,y and is the Volunteer and Donor Coordinator at InterFaith Works. She was raised in the Jewish Faith.