Judging People Favorably – Harav Ovadia Yosef Shlit”a explains Chapter 1, Mishnah 6 of Pirkei Avos, “Yehoshua ben Perachya says, ‘Set a Rabbi for yourself, acquire a friend for yourself, and judge every person favorably.'”
More about Judging Favorably – from the Jersusalem Post Blogs
Practical examples of how to spin what seems like a bad choice by others into something positive, such as:
The Benefits of Judging Favorably – from Random Acts of Kindness
The whys and hows of judging favorably.
A TED Conversation on Judging Favorably
Includes interesting conversation points such as: Is judgement of others is based on our perceptions of ourselves? and Do we have the right to judge others?
Online Quiz – What Kind of Judge are You? – from babaganewz.com
Strict, merciful or a bit of both? Answering the questions illustrates the different ways to react to situations.
Kinyan Torah Project – Judging Others favorably
What does does your judgement do to those you judge? What does it do to ourselves?
Features the story of the missing coin. Would you believe someone who appears guilty? Can there be another reason other than guilt?
Rabbi Teller on Judging Favorably
Its easier to give others the benefit of the doubt if you can remember a time when you needed it yourself.
A Children’s Clip on Judging Favorably
Before you turn a rainbow of colors in your angry judgement listen and think. Maybe you are wrong.
The Airport Cookie Story
Where did my cookies go? Is the only possibility theft?
What is the Benefit of the Doubt?
Give credit and believe the positive about others. There is always another possible reason for people’s actions. If you are not judging favorably you are penalizing. Who wants to spend the day in the penalty box? Judging favorably benefits you too.
A Journalist Explains why he Gives the Benefit of the Doubt
Giving the benefit of the doubt allows for a new part of a person to be uncovered, and for people to reveal more of themselves . Confront people with your negative opinions, even though confrontations are difficult, to allow them to explain and defend themselves.
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