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Unjustified criticism

Friday, 10 May, 2019 - 7:42 am

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Once, a famous rabbi came to a town and all the inhabitants came to welcome him. Then they all sat to eat and asked the Rabbi to say a few words of Torah. When he finished his speech, his students who had traveled with him, left the room immediately in order to review the Rabbi’s teachings, while the city’s inhabitants stay and continued their meal.

The host, upon seeing the students leaving the room, got offended and asked the Rabbi: “Why did your students have to leave in such a way and run to go over your Dvar Torah? All of us are planning to review it when we get home!” The Rabbi did not answer immediately. A little later, the siren of a train was heard, signaling its arrival. The postman, who also attended the meal, stood up and left to pick up the incoming mail and distribute it. The Rabbi asked the host: “Why did you not get offended when the postman left the meal? It must be because you know it’s his job, and therefore it does not disturb you. It is the same for my students. It is their job to study, this is what they are here for and this is why they went immediately to review what I taught them”.

In our lives, we must not judge people only by their actions. We need to ask ourselves why did someone do this specific action. In this way, we will not get offended and we will not judge mistakenly or unfairly.

Shabbat Shalom,

Arie from the Yeshiva

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