It is said that if we have one true friend in this life, we are indeed very lucky. True friendship occurs when there is authentic love between two people, each willing to sacrifice for the other. A true friend will be there for you when you need them. It is the kind of relationship that is created through care from both sides. Your needs become their needs. This type of closeness is feeling that the other person is a part of you, in the same way your leg and arm is a part of your own body. It is a love we strive to experience at least once in our lives. The truth is, to love another in this way, is really to love the Creator, for they are one and the same. Earning a true friendship requires releasing some of our own desires for the desires of the other. When your friend is in need and you are called to help, will you answer? Are you willing to give when it is not easy to do so? When you genuinely love the other person, the answer is simple, of course. The time will always come when we cannot simply speak about love, but are asked to show it. It is then we reveal the Light we were born to reveal in this world. When we love our fellow man, we ignite the Divine spark within us into a powerful Light. This is our truest destiny and purpose. This week, we hear the call to love. We stand before the day known as the 9th of Av. It is the day when an enormous quantity of Light is generated. Throughout history, however, it has been a day of negativity, for when this Light is not channeled properly, it can cause us to be overwhelmed. But this year, utilizing the power present this week, we can finally heed the call to love our fellow man, ending judgement, and hatred for no reason. Being a channel of loving-kindness affords the ability to use this Light of the 9th of Av for good in the world. This week we are asked to not merely speak about love, but to act on it.