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Are You Judgmental?

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It’s hard to imagine most people acknowledging that they are judgmental. We usually find explanations and excuses for criticizing and judging others. “I am not judging that person, all I am is pointing out their faults.” “It’s not about me, it’s about the truth and upholding higher standards.” “God has a problem with that person, not me.” These are some of the most common justifications for being judgmental.

And yet, there are many judgmental people on this planet. More than we would like to admit. Are you one of them? Remember, you can also be overly judgmental of yourself.

The big question to be asked is: why? Why is it so easy for a person to judge another? Who gave us that right? And what compels us to do so? Just because you disagree with someone, does that mean that you have to judge him? If you witness or hear about someone behaving in a way that seems wrong, how can you jump to a conclusion and judge that person without further investigation? And even if you establish that a wrong was done, how does that translate into judging the individual, not just the action, as if his behavior is emblematic of his entire person? And if you judge others out of a sense of moral one-upmanship, ask yourself: who appointed you as having a monopoly on morality? Is it possible that judging others is a defense mechanism; a way of elevating ourselves and feeling superior? Is being judgmental ever appropriate?

Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses a topic deeply relevant to our times of personal and cultural upheaval. Discover how to look at yourself with a new set of eyes, and what questions to ask that help you identify the roots of judgmentalism, and distinguish between genuine respect for higher standards and rejection of negative behavior, while not resorting and stooping to judgment. And above all, learn how judgmentalism is a product of shallow and superficial attitudes, and at the end of the day, coming in touch with your core essence builds your self-esteem, which in turn helps you recognize the core essence of others, allowing you to see them in a positive light.

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Leslie Windman
2 months ago

This was such a fabulous class . Thank you so much. Fight for the light – love this!!,
Shabbat Shalom

Elizabeth ( Elisheva)
2 months ago

Rabbi, What about Rabbi’s and their teachings. if other Rabbi’s are saying their teachings are against Torah should we believe them?