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Monday, June 06, 2005

Nice Thought

Terrible to say, but my cynicism generally dictates that I rarely feel when I walk away from a shiur that I've had any sort of epiphanies. I heard something yesterday, though, that I think everyone can take through life with them. I'm sure many of you have heard this before, but here goes. We generally interpret the verse from Pirkei Avot "V'hevei dan et kol ha-adam l'kaf zechut", to mean judge EVERY man favorably. However, the Sfat Emet interprets "kol adam" to mean "the whole person". Thus suggesting that even if you find fault with a person's individual traits, try to view all the person's traits together before you start to nitpick or argue about one shortcoming or another. I don't know about you, but I feel that this thought can help tremendously with both professional and personal relationships.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'm even more cynical than you. Too cynical to appreciate your little vort.

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Blogger orthomom said...

Yeah, no argument that it's a bit pat, and something you would hear at an NCSY shabbaton. But that doesn't make me willing to discount it out of hand. It's still a bit of mussar that I could use on a day-to-day basis.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Mis-nagid said...

What's wrong with that vort? If the Sfat Emes is not claiming that the author of the verse originally meant that, who cares? It's a nice thought, and all "proof texts" are of that level of sophistication.

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Anonymous Shifra said...

I also think it's a nice thought.
I think most of what people "learn out" from Perki Avos are just "nice thoughts" but that has it's place too especially on a hot Shabbos afternoon.

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Blogger Air Time said...

do you really think that every shuir you sit through will provide you with epiphanies?

Maybe you're not cynical, you just have unrealistic expectations.

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Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

zee point of chassidus was to darshen away from the textual meaning and find a new deeper(cooler) meaning

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Blogger orthomom said...

Mis-nagid, maybe I'm cynical AND I have unrealistic expectations.

Amshi: I KNOW what the point of chassidus is. Trust me.

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Blogger YOSEF said...

The trouble is you have been going to the wrong type of shiurim. Don't go to shiur "lite" but instead go where you can learn Torah in depth, where you can plumb the beauty and deepness of the Torah, where you will come away with your mind challenged and your spirit uplifted. That is what Torah should and could be doing for you.

10:11 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Yosef, you have no CLUE what I've been going to. But good try.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we have a "Holy Smokes" Aish Kodesh member. Sends her kids to Darchei...

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Blogger YOSEF said...

By your reaction to the the classes I can easily surmise the kinds of shiurim they must be.

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Anon2: yeah she's definitely an Aish Kodesh mom...judging by her posts she totally fits right in! So c'mon MO4, how long have you been a member? ;)LOL!!!

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Blogger rockofgalilee said...

The last pasuk in Kohelet follows that line of thinking as well as it ends with "ki zeh kol haadom."

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Blogger Mis-nagid said...

"Mis-nagid, maybe I'm cynical AND I have unrealistic expectations."

You know you're cynical when an infamous atheist think you're being too harsh :-).

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Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

I like reading kol ha’adam as "the entire human race", in other words it's saying "don't be one of those self-hating humans (or ecoterrorists) who think that the universe would be better off without us!"

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