"A dear friend is one with whom you walk hand in hand. The obscure language of the Talmud thus portrays the world as one of connection to the Divine and through Him to all of His creations." So writes Jonathan Rosenblum in this essay exploring the wisdom of the Talmud regarding religion and community: The Religious Mindset. As Rosenblum explains, in the Talmud, the idea of community is one of close connection not only with each other, but with God.
Thanks to TQ for sending the link along!