An email I received about the post on friendship from my beloved friend Dr. Yitzchak Aharon Leifer. I enjoyed his insight so I thought I’d share it:
The only way to have a friend is to be one.-Emerson
When I read this I actually read it two different ways.
1. To be one [a friend]. This is obviously the simple understanding.
2. To be[come] one. To become as one. I just went to the wedding of my sister in law yesterday, so I guess “reut” and marriage is on the brain. How fitting. True ahavah is pure for no reason, just like the Maharal on Avraham/Noach. True friendship mirrors true love where each individual makes room in themselves for someone else becoming as one. A classic idea with a taitch in Emerson.