Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Judging others favorably


"One who suspects those who are innocent will suffer Divinely-administered physical punishment."

(Talmud, Shabbat 97a)

Rabbi Moshe Sofer (aka "Chatam Sofer") explained: Gd will ordinarily punish a person lightly, judging the person favorably and so presuming that the person will respond to a light rebuke.

However, if a person judges others unfavorably, then Gd judges him thus, too, and administers a more harsh rebuke.

(Chiddushei Chatam Sofer to Shabbat 97a)

Have a great day,

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