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Snapshot Judgement - Tazria

Lately, I've been thinking about how I tend to make snapshot judgments at work based on first impressions. I've realized that those initial interactions, whether a quick chat or a formal meeting, only scratch the surface of who someone truly is. In my position, we're getting a 15-minute snapshot of a person's life, and often, they're only showing us the highlight reel, masking the struggles underneath. Even social media, which spans a much more extensive timeframe, is inauthentic – it's all filters and perfectly curated moments, hiding the genuine and messy parts of life.

In this week's parsha, I read about the topic of Tzaras (commonly referred to as leprosy) and the caution against Lashon Hara (speaking of others, especially in a negative way). It made me pause and reflect on the weight of our words and thoughts about others. Even if we think we know someone's story, we're usually just scratching the surface, and spreading gossip only negativity affects them.

Life's been a whirlwind lately, but I've been trying to stay positive when, deep down, things aren't always picture-perfect. I'm holding onto hope and staying committed to my goals, even when things get tough.

During this week, join me. Maybe reach out to one friend you think everything is rainbows and unicorns for, or voluntarily lend a listening ear to someone who needs it. Who knows, you might be a lifesaver for someone too scared to post on Facebook, "I need help." Hopefully, by building these genuine connections, we can make a real difference in each other's lives and make this world a slightly brighter, more authentic place!

Good Shabbos

All the best

Avroham Yehudah Ross

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Apr 13
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Very thought provoking analysis 🤔

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