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Kavod is translated as honour/respect. Kavod is way beyond good manners and saying please and thank you. It’s seeing the spiritual value of a human being and yourself. The greater sense of my own value, the more I don’t need to search for the approval of others and the more I am able to honour other people and see a sense of their value. If I give genuine kavod to another person than they in turn will value and respect me. We say “kodosh, kodosh, kodosh, the entire world is filled with the Kavod/honour of Hashem”. Although I cannot see Hashem everything in the world reflects Him. When I look at Hashem’s world I get a sense of who Hashem is. In the mountains I see awe, in the lion I see majesty, in the cat I see modesty, in the ant I see industriousness…etc. Nowhere else in the world do I see G-d more than in the human being. Man was made “in the image of G-d”, therefore we reflect G-d more than anything else in the world. We all have these elements of G-dliness in us, of majesty, modesty, industriousness…In every person I can see a different aspect of G-d. Therefore in order to see the value and give Kovod to another human being I have to see past all the physicality, their looks, their mannerisms, their bad habits, their, disability, their emotional baggage…etc. The ultimate value you can give a person is to treat a person seriously, to take notice of that person. Even just a hello, I’ve noticed you, shows that person that they are valued. There presence has not gone unnoticed. When you treat a person lightly and you don’t acknowledge them, you sit at a table and talk to all your friends, ignoring the one person who sits by themselves you are stripping this person of their value in effect giving them a curse*. *see R’Wolbe : Alei Shor Chapter 8

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