have to do a project on it….can any of you give some insight to the deeper meaning of hakoras hatov and ideas like things i can write about???thank you!
I once heard this in a speech:
Hakaras Hatov is not about repaying someone for the good they did. Hakarah means recognition – you’re recognizing the good. Why is this the term that is used? Because sometimes, there is no way to repay someone.
I heard this at a Bonei Olam event, from one of their success stories. He said there was no way he could ever repay Bonei Olam for what they did for him. All he could do was recognize the good. He’d never be able to repay it.
thank you that is very helpful:)
Dal94: Some of the very early Sefardic philosophers (late Geonim) thought that reciprocity was the first and foremost natural law.
We saw that Moshe Rabbeinu was not allowed to be the one to hit The Nile River in Makas Dam, because it saved his life by keeping him hidden from the Mitzrim, as he floated in the basket. If someone has to be so careful to ashow hakoras hatov to an inanimate object like a river, how much more so do we have to show H”H to people who actually do chassadim for us. And al achas kama v’kamah, how much MORE so do we have to be makir tov to haKadosh Boruch Hu, who does the most chessed of all for us 24/7.