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Should We See No Evil Hear No Evil Speak No Evil?

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13.08.2021

In parashat Shoftim (Judges) Mosheh instructs the Israelites to appoint judges and law enforcement officers in every city, a basic societal structure for the Israelites. “According to the law that they will teach you, and the judgment they will instruct you, you shall do; you shall not turn away from the thing that they say to you, to the right nor to the left.” The parashah sets out rules for judges, kings, Levites, prophets, cities of refuge, witnesses, war, and unsolved murders.

Every city where at least 120 Jewish man live, should have a sanhedrin of 23 members, to enforce the law of the Torah. The parashah begins with the mitzvah to appoint judges “at all your gates”. Gates are openings that needs to be guarded and protected.

Can we “See No Evil Hear No Evil Speak No Evil”? There are various meanings ascribed to the three wise monkeys and the proverb including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. The phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye. What about our own personal judgment? Making judgments versus Being judgmental.

Being judgmental is being perceived as a negative thing. We all want to see ourselves as smart, kind, patient, and forgiving people most of the time. But the truth is that we aren’t. There is a big difference between making judgments and being judgmental. Making judgments comes from a balanced and neutral mind. On the other hand, being judgmental comes from an imbalanced and reactive mind that is seeking to protect itself from being hurt by others. Being a judgmental person essentially means thinking, speaking, or behaving in........

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