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A Bisl Torah – First, Look Inward

It is much easier to criticize and judge someone else than it is to be honest with one鈥檚 own misgivings
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May 23, 2024
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The Torah introduces us to the idea of not defrauding another person. Leviticus 25:17 teaches, 鈥淒o not cheat one another, but fear your God.鈥

Hasidic master, Rabbi Simcha Bunim cautions us in our reading of the verse. He says, 鈥淒o not read amito (one another) but instead, read emet (truth). Exchange the letter ayin with the letter aleph.鈥 Meaning, do not cheat the truth from yourself.

It is much easier to criticize and judge someone else than it is to be honest with one鈥檚 own misgivings. Fingers pointed somewhere else. Others gossip. Others litter. Others find ways to cheat their neighbors. Rabbi Simcha Bunim teaches that we must first confront the lies we tell ourselves. Don鈥檛 cheat yourself in admitting the truth. We all have versions of ourselves we鈥檙e not willing to accept.

Before casting aspersions on our neighbors, consider your own behavior. First, look inward.

Shabbat shalom


Rabbi Nicole Guzik is senior rabbi at Sinai Temple. She can be reached at her Facebook page at or on Instagram . For more writings, visit Rabbi Guzik鈥檚 from Sinai Temple鈥檚 website.

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