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The Other Side of the Story - Giving People the Benefit of the Doubt

The ability to judge favorably is part of a strong spiritual character. If you are missing this trait, you may end up being…


This past Shabbat, I was walking with some of our children. Talking with one, I didn't notice what happened to my four-year old, who suddenly was screaming, crying and holding his head. I looked back and saw a group of boys watching him come towards me. I asked, "did they hurt you?" He nodded yes. My older son confirmed this. So I immediately yelled at them. They laughed nervously, which got me more upset. Only after I calmed down, and the boys had already run away, did my six-year old explain that one of the boys had run into my son unintentionally, and had even apologized! I felt terrible about yelling at them, and went back to apologize, but they were still running, off into the distance, homeward bound!


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Based on "The Other Side of the Story" by Mrs. Yehudis Samet, ArtScroll Series

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